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Thursday, 30 November 1911

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I am very sorry and considerably annoyed to have to say that I gave the answer to this question previously that these letters had not been received, because that was the answer supplied by the Department concerned. On Senator McColl again raising the question. I made further inquiries, and I am now informed that the letters in question have been received, and that they had been received at the time Senator McColl first asked the question. I can only express my regret and annoyance that, quite innocently, 1 gave the Senate misleading information supplied by one of the Departments. I have made the necessary arrangements to have copies of the letters prepared for honorable senators.

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