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Thursday, 2 October 1913


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) (Minister of Defence) . - If ho other senator desires to say anything, I will take advantage of the opportunity afforded me by the Standing Orders in speaking in reply to answer the questions submitted by -Senator Pearce. I should like, first of all, to say, with regard to the .question raised as to the action taken in regard to Captain Onslow, that I distinctly appreciate the guarded tone in which Senator Pearce has expressed his desire for information. In view of that, I feel sure that the honorable senator will not misunderstand the request I now make to him not to ask me for a detailed statement at this juncture. I can assure him that a step of so serious a kind was not taken lightly, nor, in my judgment, without good cause. The honorable senator probably knows as well as I do, and better, perhaps, than does any other man in the Commonwealth, that the position of the Naval Board has not been entirely satisfactory for some time.


Senator Pearce - Hear, hear I Senator MILLEN. - In these circumstances, . and seeing that finality has not yet been reached, I will leave it to the honorable senator to say whether there is any call for me to 'say anything further on the subject at this juncture. With regard to the request {or tlie production of a' report, the honorable senator seems to be under a misapprehension, because -the answer given to his question waa itself the whole report supplied by the Third Naval Member. I have the document here. It is not an extract from the report, but is the whole of the explanation, if it may be so called, that Captain Clark - «oh offered. This is the original 'document, and Senator Pearce is at liberty to see it now, or I shall furnish him with a joapy of it. It is exactly the same as the answer to his question given to-day by Jny: colleague, Senatpr demons. I dp not think that any otter matters were touched upoji which I am required to answer. Question resolved in the -affirmative.

Senate adjourned at- p.m.







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