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Thursday, 27 May 1915

Mr CHANTER (Riverina) .- I have a motion on the notice-paper -

That all the papers in connexion with the claim of W. Keohan, late postmaster at Hay, be laid on the table of the House.

Prior to giving notice of this motion I received a communication from the person concerned, to the effect that he did not intend to proceed with the action that he had instituted against the Department, and, in that same communication, he asked for a return of the papers. Since then I have had a conversation with the PostmasterGeneral, who informs me that the Department has received no notification of a discontinuance of the action, and that, therefore, he would be compelled to oppose the motion on the ground that, while the action was pending, it would not be right for him to permit the papers to be laid on the table of the House. I fully recognise the position of the honorable gentleman. I anticipated from the letter sent to me personally, that the notice of the discontinuance of the action would have been sent to the Department; otherwise I should not have acted as I have. Under the circumstances, however, I ask permission to withdraw the motion.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

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