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Tuesday, 28 June 1904


Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I have within the last few minutes received a letter from the late Mr. Henry Copeland, in reference to the Pacific Cable Conference. In that letter he stated that he had just arrived in England, and had not received his commission to sit on the Board, but that Lord Jersey was about to retire, and that the effect would be that New South Wales would have only one representative on the Board, instead of two. I hope that the Prime Minister will make inquiries into the subject, so that New South Wales may have the representation to which it is entitled. I will give him a copy of the statement made by Mr. Henry Copeland.


Mr Crouch - It is Australia that is represented, not New South Wales.


Mr Watson - No; the three contributing States, through the Commonwealth.


Sir WILLIAM LYNE - Sir HoraceTozer, I understand, represents Queensland. I may add that I read Mr. Copeland's letter hurriedly, so that I am not fully seized of its contents, but I wish no time to be lost in ascertaining whether the arrangement agreed to is being carried out.


Mr WATSON - A "distinction must be drawn between the representation on the Pacific Cable Board and the representation on the Pacific Cable Conference about to assemble in London. We have asked the Earl of Jersey to represent the Commonwealth on the Conference. He has also acted as the representative of Australia on the Pacific Cable Board. There is no permanent appointment, but he is. and has been for some little time, acting for the Commonwealth.







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