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Thursday, 11 September 1913

The PRESIDENT - The Standing Orders provide that an honorable senator cannot decline to serve on a Select Com mittee, though he may ask the Senate to be relieved from the duty of acting on such a Committee.

Senator GARDINER - I desire to ask the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs, without notice, which member of the Ministry secured the services of a detective to investigate matters connected with the Ballarat election; were the services of the detective paid for by private sources, or out of the public funds; and, if the latter was the case, would he lay the information obtained on the table of the Senate?

Senator McCOLL - The matter mentioned by the honorable senator is quite strange to me, and I have no information in regard to it.

Senator GARDINER - I will give notice of the question.

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