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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Senator PLAYFORD (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - I have a memorandum from the External Affairs Department to the following effect : -

On the 25th September last a communication, dated 27th August, was received from Mr. Richmond requesting an inquiry into the charges made against him.

The matter was referred by the Minister of External Affairs, on the 26th September, to a Board, consisting of the Public Service Commissioner, the Secretary to the Attorney-General's Department, and the Secretary to the Treasury.

On the 6th October, the Board asked that certain information might be obtained to assist them in arriving at a decision. This necessitated reference to New Guinea.

On the 17th November the papers, with the additional information obtained from New Guinea, were again referred to the Board, consisting of the officers mentioned above, but owing chiefly to the absence from Melbourne of the Public Service Commissioner and the Secretary to the Treasury, the report of these gentlemen has not yet been received.

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