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Friday, 13 November 1936

Senator COLLINGS asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Was the Commonwealth Government consulted in any way regarding the appointment of Sir Geoffrey Whiskard as British High Com- missioner in Australia?

2.   Is the Commonwealth financially committed in any way either directly or indirectlyregarding such appointment?

3.   If so, what is the nature and extent of such financial commitment?

4.   Has the Commonwealth Government any control over Sir Geoffrey Whiskard's official conduct and/or utterances while he is in Australia?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Prime Minister has supplied the following answers : -

1.   The Commonwealth Government was informed of the intention of the United Kingdom Government to make such an appointment, but there was no prior consultation with the Common wealth Government as to the appointee to the position.

2.   and 3. No, except that facilities in regard to customs, taxation and motor registration, similar to those accorded to dominion High Commissioners in the United Kingdom, are accorded in this instance.

4.   No.

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