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Wednesday, 15 June 1904

Mr WATSON (BLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - The answers to the honorable and learned member's questions are as- follow -

1.   I have been asked by the Premier of Victoria to constitute the Victorian Commission a Royal Commission under the Federal law, in order to overcome difficulties that have presented themselves as to insistence on the production of documents, some of which are in New South Wales, and have agreed to do so on the understanding that Victoria will continue to bear the expense of the Commission.

2.   As to enlarging its scope and composition, I do not feel prepared to do that at the present time, as I think it would be better to wait until we see the outcome of the present Commission's inquiries.

3.   I quite appreciate the importance of the inquiry as affecting the interests of Australian butter producers generally, and am prepared to( take further action should the necessity subsequently bc shown.

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