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Tuesday, 23 August 1921

Sellheim. 19th August, 1921

The following reply was received by urgent telegram: -

Adjutant-General, Victoria Barracks, Melbourne,

Onediv 10. Your A3715. May have said, " As one of the senior officers of Australian Imperial Force, your claims to appointment as a Divisional Commander cannot be overlooked." Certainly did not make any reference to Minister. "Communicated with Elliott without knowledge of Board. Did not communicate Elliott's reply either verbally or in writing to any member of Board or any one else. His reply, as far as 1 can recollect, was not as a minute, but as a separate letter addressed me, " Dear General Brand."

Brand. 19th August, 1921

On that reply beinghanded me, I gave instructions that a further telegram, as follows, should be sent to General Brand : -

W3738. The Minister considers that your reply of 19th instant does not answer Elliott's main statement, which, excluding reference to the Minister, reads as already quoted in my A3715: - (Begins), "Will you please inform me whether, in the event of your being recommended, you would be prepared to carry out the duties." (Ends). Did you use these or similar words upon which this construction could be placed? Minister requires definite answer by urgent telegram to-day.

Sellheim. 22nd August, 1921

The following reply, sent from Newcastle, New South Wales, and dated 22nd August, 1921, was received by the AdjutantGeneral : -

Your W3738. Did not use those or similar words.


I submit that it is clear from these telegrams that General Brand made no offer such as is alleged by Senator Elliott.

Senator Elliott - I should like the Minister for Defence to explain General Brand's previous statement that my reply to his letter was practically identical with the terms stated by me, and to say why I should have volunteered such information as was contained in my letter to him unless some such question had been put to me.

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