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Tuesday, 28 June 1904

Mr MAHON - The regulation to which thi honorable member refers was made by the late Government I have not seen the exact terms of the minute in question, but since I have presided over the Department all these cases have been sent on to the police court. In one instance I know that an officer was suspended for being short in his cash to the extent of 30s., and others were similarly treated for minor deficiencies. Every case in which any defalcations have been disclosed, or in which an officer has embezzled money, has been sent on to the police court. Whether or not the regulation is too drastic is a matter of opinion. All I can say at present is. that I will reconsider it, with a view to ascertaining if it is possible to modify it.

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