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Wednesday, 11 August 1926

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - (By leave) - I lay on the table of the Senate the report of the royal commissioner who was appointed to inquire into matters connected with the British Phosphate Commission. This report has been considered by the Government, which, in view of its terms, has decided that there is no option but to dispense forthwith with the services of Mr. Pope, the Australian representative on the commission. Mr. Pope will be paid out of the funds of the commission, in lieu of notice, a sum equal to three months' salary. The Government does not intend to proceed with the appointment of a commissioner to represent Australia until the Prime Minister has had an opportunity, whilst in Great Britain, of discussing the matter in all its phases with the Prime Ministers of Great Britain and New Zealand. In the meantime the secretary to . the Prime Minister's Department will act as the commissioner representing Australia. The Governments of Great Britain and

New Zealand have been communicated with by cablegram, and no further steps will be taken to remove the central office from Australia pending the personal discussion of the matter in London.

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