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Thursday, 23 November 1905

Senator STEWART (Queensland) - ! move -

That there be laid on the table of the Senate all the correspondence and documents in connexion with the case of A. Hart, late of the' Post and Telegraph Department, Brisbane.

I understand that the objection of the Government to this motion is that the correspondence and papers in question are at present in the custody of the Court at Brisbane.

Senator Keating - I do not think they are in the Court yet, but they are in Brisbane.

Senator Clemons - Will thev be in the Court ?

Senator Keating - Yes, they have been sent to Brisbane for that purpose.

Senator Clemons - Why does noi. Senator Stewart ask for copies of these j.apers?

Senator STEWART - I have no wish to put the Government to the expense of making copies of the papers. I am sorry that I did not move in the matter sooner, because it is very necessary that we should have copies of the correspondence and documents in this case. If we had them bet us, I believe they would reveal a state of affairs in the Post and Telegraph Department that would call for very severe comment on the part of honorable senatorswhich might result in very much better administration in the future. The Government might in any case permit the motion to pass, and let the papers be tabled in the Senate when they are available.

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