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Friday, 4 November 1904

Mr REID - As the witness in question was appearing before a Select Committee of another branch of this Legislature, the matter falls more properly within the province of the Senate. I have read the news- paper account, ' however, and I gathered from it that, while the witness at first refused to answer certain questions, he afterwards gavethe information.

Sir William Lyne - No.

Mr REID - I can only say that if any obstacle is interposed to hinder the labours of any Committee of either branch of this Legislature, the Government will take seriously into consideration the methods available for the compelling of witnesses to give information. In the first instance, however, such refusals more naturally come within the province of the authority which authorized an inquiry. If that authority is not able to deal with the matter, it will be the duty of the Government to see that the information is obtained by some other means. I think that the inability of a Select Committee to obtain information would be a strong reason for the appointment of a Royal Commission.

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