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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator MARWICK (Western Australia) . - I have been credited with having directed a good deal of criticism against the office of the High Commissioner, but although I offer no apology for introducing the subject, I wish to make it clear that I did not mention the High Commissioner by name. I endea- voured to confine my remarks to the items covered by this appropriation. I did not question the ability of the present High Commissioner, but I claim that I was justified in drawing attention to an expenditure of over £1,000. a week in respect of Australia House. I accept the explanation given by the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce). Before he spoke, it appeared to me that a staff of 80 was rather more than was necessary.

I really intended my criticism to refer, in the main, to the office of the CommissionerGeneral in the United States of America. I desired to know why Australia was not represented at an important conference held at Chicago this week. To that inquiry I have had no reply.

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