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Tuesday, 17 June 1902

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - I have seen the paragraphs to which the honorable member refers, and I can assure him that the information is not correct. Considering the number of appointments that have to be made, I am surprised that I have not been spoken to by honorable members with reference to candidates. I have scarcely been approached in the matter, and, so far as I am aware, there is no combination of honorable members to advocate .the claims of any candidate.

Mr KIRWAN - Will the Minister give the House an assurance that the appointments will be made upon the merits of the candidates, and without any regard to political influence?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I scarcely think it is necessary to give such an assurance. I have handed over the applications to the 'Public Service Commissioner, and I presume that as far as possible his recommendations will be carried out in all cases.

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