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Wednesday, 19 November 1913

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I call the attention of the Minister of Defence to a statement which appeared in the press one day last week, and which purported to emanate from the Honorary Minister in another place. The statement reads -

Therefore, whatever the report of this packed tribunal contains, it will not affect this Department one jot.

These remarks, I may explain, had reference to the Chinn Inquiry. The Honorary Minister in another place accused this Chamber of having constituted a packed inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Chinn's dismissal. Does Senator Millen approve of the language used by his colleague, and will he say whether he believes that the Committee appointed by the Senate is a packed one?

Senator MILLEN - I am not aware that I am called upon to express an opinion on the utterances of my colleagues, or to state my belief in regard to any action for which a section of the Senate may be responsible.

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Then, will the Minister state, "off his own bat," whether he believes the Select Committee appointed to inquire into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Chinn's dismissal is a packed one?

Senator MILLEN - My reply is that I do not propose to answer that question.

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