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Wednesday, 19 March 1941


Senator McLEAY (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) -On the 12th March, the honorable senator asked me, as Minister representing the AttorneyGeneral, a question relating to Mr. Lewis, who, the honorable senator stated, had gone to Delhi as secretary to the Commonwealth delegation under Sir Bertram Stevens. I have now received the following reply from the Attorney-General : -

In the first place, Mr. Lewis is not secretary to the Australian Delegation to Delhi. He is personal secretary to the leader of the delegation, and was appointed to that temporary office by the Commonwealth. His salary will be paid by the Commonwealth. The Investigation Branch has not been asked, nor has it made, at any time, any inquiry into Mr. Lewis' affiliations. Even if such an inquiry had been made, the nature of the inquiry would not, in accordance with the established practice, be made public.







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