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Wednesday, 11 December 1912

Senator Sir JOS I AH SYMON asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

In view of the arrangement, announced by cable in the press, between Canada and the United Kingdom -

1.   Whether the Government have come to any definite conclusion as to the representation of Australia by a responsible Minister or otherwise on the Imperial Committee of Defence?

2.   If so, will the Government state the conclusion arrived at?

3.   If not, is there any other method under consideration or in contemplation for securing consultation, continuous or at intervals, between responsible Ministers in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in regard to Imperial Foreign Policy and Empire Defence ; and, if so, will the Government indicate what such other method is?

4.   Are the Government in correspondence or communication with the British Government on the subject of such representation on Canadian or other lines?

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