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Thursday, 20 September 1928

Mr GIBSON - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes. He was an officer of the Commonwealth Public Service from 15th August, 1914, to 12th December, 1927, when he resigned.

2.   See answer to 1.

3.   McPherson was suspended from duty on 1 5th October, , 1927, and charged under the Public Service Act with the offence of improper conduct, to wit, writing and despatching a letter to the secretary of the Postal Workers' Union, Moscow, the contents of which were regarded as being of a disloyal and seditious nature. He denied in the first instance having written the letter, but subsequently admitted having done so, and his dismissal from the Service was recommended by the Deputy Director, Posts and Telegraphs, Sydney.Mcpherson appealed against the recommendation, and the Appeal Board constituted under the Public Service Act to hear the appeal varied such recommendation by imposing a fine of £2.

4.   Yes. I will now lay the letter in question on the table of the House.

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