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Wednesday, 16 March 1904

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - In reply to the honorable member's questions -

1.   No. officers have been suspended. Two of the officers who performed Customs duties at this Port were State officers who acted for the Commonwealth, by whom the salary of one of these was partly paid. The State Government has been notified that the services of these State officers are no longer required. It is intended to remove the junior officer, who is not in the State service, to another position.

2.   No charges have been made, but inquiries into matters at this port are continuing.

3.   Officers have been dealt with as described in answer No. 1. Reports prove that the business was conducted in a very lax manner.

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