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Thursday, 19 May 1904

Mr JOHNSON asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Whether any official investigation has been held into the serious allegations of treacherous shooting of New Guinea natives by order of officials on board the s.s. 'Merrie England, recently reported in the newspapers?

2.   Will he inform this House of the result of such investigation, if any, or state whether he is in possession of any authentic information as to the correctness or otherwise of the allegations referred to?

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