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Wednesday, 20 December 1905

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - Senator Pulsford has inquired about certain statements made by Mr. Carruthers, the Premier of New South Wales. With reference to the exclusion of the State Savings Bank from the Government Post Office, in Sydney, the Secretaryto the Postmaster-General has promised to have the matter looked into, and information will be forwarded to the honorable senator. The other statement that a number of auditors were bundled out of their billets does not contain a word of truth. On the table inthe Library the honorable senator will find all the papers relating to the subject.

Senator Lt Col Gould - Are all these men retained in the Commonwealth service?

Senator PLAYFORD - They were never in the Commonwealth service, but in the State service.

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