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THE -PJ\RLIANIENT o·F THE OF, AUSTRALIA.

REPORT OF THE

ROYAL· APPOINTED TO INQUIRE JN'l'O

s·r A TEMENTS IN THE PRESS IN REGARD TO OFFERS ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN

MADE TO MEMBERS TO RESIGN I .

SEATS IN THE FEDERAL

PARLIAMENT

'l'OGETHER WITH

APPENDICES.

Presented by .Comma nd ; orde1 ·ed to be printed, 4th September, l 928.

[Coat of Paper :-Preparation, not given; 875 copies ; approximate cost of printing and publishing, £1·2.]

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COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

GEORGE THE FIFTH, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faitb., Emperor of India:-

TO Our Trusty and Well-beloved EDWARD ScHOLES, Esquire, A Judge of the District Courts of New South Wales.

GREETING: KNOW YOU THAT we do, by these Our Letters Patent, issued in Our name by Our Governor-General of Our Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of Our Federal Executive Couucil, and in pursuanQe of the Constitution of Our said Commonwealth, the Royal Commissions Act 1902-1912, and all other powers h.\m thereunto enabling, appoint you to be a Commissioner to inquire into

and_report in relation to the following matters:-(a) The matters referred to in the following statements published in the press:-STATEMENT No. I.

Mr. Lambert is the sitting memberfor West Sydney, a former Lord Mayor of Sydney, and a prominent Labour and A.W.U. worker for the past 25 years. He alleges that the £8,000 was offered to him as the price of his abdication before the last elections by a former Labour member,. who was acting _as agent for Mr. Theodore.

Subsequently Mr. Theodore contested the Dalley seat, vacated by Mr. W. G. Mahony, and was elected to Federal Parliament. Mr. Mahony, who gave the ground for relinquishing his seat as ill-health, has recovered, and is now leading in the Labour Senate pre-selection ballot count.

"The man who made the offer came to me when Theodore was seeking a safe Labour seat in New South Wales, after having tasted defeat in Queensland, where he had shown himself anything but a true representat-ive of Labour," declared Mr. Lambert yesterday. " ' What is it worth ?' I asked, drawing him on.

"•_Eight thousand pounds,' was his reply. " I saw the money. I knew Frank Anstey had been approached with a similar offer, and had turned it ·down cold. I knew £8,000 would be very nice to have. But I also had to bear in mind the cleanliness of my reputation. I considered it an insult to my good name.

" I knew that the Red clique at the Trades Hall were behind this move to make Theodore their new champion." - · -(Daily Telegraph Pictorial, Sydney, Monday, May, 1928.)

STATEMENT No. 2.

"Yes, I knew Lambert had received the offer, and had later turned it down in no uncertain manner," said Mr. George Cann yesterday. " Whatever Lambert's failings may be, he has always been straight.-" He was not the first to whom the offer was made, continued Mr. Cann.

" A Federal Labour member living in the western suburbs was first approached, and seriously considered the _nroposition. He came to me and asked me what I thought he should do. "'I have already passed an examination in law,' he told me,' and, if I' take this money and vacate my seat, I will have no difficulty in winning right through to my full degree, and be set for life.'

"'Yes,' I said, "but what good will your law degree be to you if it leaks out that you and sold

your principles and reputation for £8,000 .? You would never be a. success as a lawyer after that.' · "He told me afterwards that Lambert had been approached, and had turned down the offer," continued Mr. Cann. " I again strongly-advised him to be wary and consider his reputation, as, in my opinion, a man who so]d his

seat in Parliament wot4d be disgraced for life. He would be sure'to be found out in the end. "I know Lambert's story is true, and, if he stands as a straight-out Labour candidate for West Sydney, I'll back him to the.1imit," continued Mr. Cann. (Daily Telegraph Pictorial, Sydney, Wednesday, 9th May, 1928.) (b) Whether any, and, if so, what, financial or other benefit was given or offered by any person to any present or former

member of t.he Parliament who is named or indicated in either of the above statements in consideration of, or with a view to inducing, his resignation of his seat in Parliament. (e) If any such benefit _ as is referred to in the foregoing paragraph was given or offered­ (i) by whom it-was so offered or given; -

(ii) to whom it was so offered or given ; and (iii) on whose behalf or in whose interest it was so offered or given.

AND WE require you with as little delay as possible to report to Our Governor-General of Our said Commonwealth the result of your inquiries into the matters entrusted to you by these Our Letters Patent.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF We have caused these Our Letters to be made patent and the Seal of Our said Commonwealth to be thereunto affixed. WITNESS Our Right Trusty and WeB-beloved Counsellor, JoHN LAWRENCE, BARON STONEHAVEN, Kiught Grand Cross of Our Most· Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Companion of Our

(L.s.) Distinguished Service Order, Our Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Our Commonwealth of Australia, at Canberra· in the Territory for the Seat of Government this twenty-eight day of May, in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and twenty-eight, and in the nineteenth year of Our reign.

STONEHAVEN Governor-General.

By His Excellency's Command, G. F. PEARCE, for Prime Minister.

Entered on Record by me in Register of Patents No. 56, page 64, this fourth day of June, One thousand nine hundred twenty-eight. F. STRAHAN.

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REPORT OF · THE COMMISSIONER.

To His Excellency the Right Honorable JoHN LAWRENCE, BAR

MAY IT· PLEASE YouR ExcELLENCY:

I, the ·commissioner appointed by Royal Letters Patent, dated the twenty-eight day of May, 1928, to inquire into and report in relation to the foJlowing matters:-

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(a) The_ matters referred to in the following _statements published in the press :-

STATEMENT No. l.

. , Mr. Lambert if? . the s!tting for West Sydney, a former Lord

Mayor of Sydney, and a prominent Labour and A.W.U. worker for the past 25 years. / He alleges that the £8,000 was offered to him as the price of his

abdication before the last elections by a former Labour member, who was acting as agent for Mr. Theodore . . Subsequently Mr. Theodore contested the Dalley seat, vacated by Mr. W. G. Mahoriy, and was elected to Federal Parliament.

Mr. Mahony, who gave the grouna 'for relinquishing his seat as ill-health, has since recovered, and is now leading in the Labour-Senate. pre-selection ballot count. ·

.,, The man w-hq made the _ offer came to me when Theodore was seekjng a safe Labour seat in New South Wales, after having tasted defeat in Queensland, wher_ e he had shown himself anything but a true representative of Labour," declared Mr. Lambert yesterday.

What is it worth 1 ' I asked, drawing him on.

"'Eight thousand pounds,' was his reply; .

"I saw the money . . I knew Frank Anstey been approached with a similar-offer, and had turned it down cold. I knew £8,000 would be· very nice to. have. But I also had to bear in mind the cleanliness of my

reputation. I it an insult to my good name.

"l knew- that the Red clique at the Trades Hall were behind this move · Theodore tlieir new champion." ·· • --4 .J ; • t .. { .. . .. ..,.

Telegraph Picto'i'ial, Sydney, Monday, 7th May, 1928.)

STATEMENT No. 2. . '

"Yes, I knew had the .offer, and iater turned

it down in no uncertain manner," said Mr. George Cann yesterday. "Whatever Lambert;s failings may be·, always been· '- - .., . L "He was not the first to· whom the· offer was made; however," continued Mr. Gann.

"A Federal Labour member living in the · western suburbs .w as first .approached, and seriously considered the propositie!f. c-ame _ tq a:p.d m.e wha,t I thought he should do. · .-: · ·

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" ' I have already passed an examination in law,' he told me, 'and, if I take this money and vacate my seat, I will have no difficulty in winning right through to my full degree, and be set for life.' " 'Yes,' I said, ' but what good will your law degree be to you if it leaks

out that you were corrupt and sold your principles and reputation for £8,000? You never be a success as a lawyer after that.' "He told me afterwards that Lambert had been approached, and had turned down the offer," continued Mr. Cann.

"I again strongly advised him to be wary and consider his reputation, as, in my opinion, a man who sold his seat in Parliament would be disgraced for life. · He would be sure to· be found out in the end. "-I Lambert's story is true, and, if he stands as a straight-out

Labour candidate for West Sydney, I'll back him to the limit," continued Mr. Cann. ·

-(Daily Telegraph Pictorial, Sydney, Wednesday, 9th May, 1928.) (b) Whether any, and, if so, what, financial or other benefit was given or offered by any person to any present or former member of the....-Parliament who is named or indicated in either of the above statements in consideration of, or with a

view to inducing, his resignation of his seat in Parliament.

(c) If any such benefit as is referred to in the foregoing paragraph was given or offered­ (i) by whom it was so ·offered or given; (ii) to whom it was so offered or given; and (iii) on whose behalf or in whose interest· it was so offered or given. have the honour to report as follows :-

I without delay instructed that the parties concerned be requested to attend a preliminary meeting of the Commission at No. 1 High Court, Darlinghurst, Sydney, on Tuesday the 5th June, 1928, for the purpose determinjng upon the procedure to be followed in the conduct of the Inquiry. ·

Appearances were made accordingly as follow :-Mr. S. E. Lamb, ICC. . . }Instructed by the Commonwealth Crown Solicitor to Mr. A. J. Hill . . assist the Commissioner

Mr. H. Neaves 0£ the Commonwealth Crown Solicitor's Office Mr. R. Windeyer, K.C .. ·}Instructed .by Messrs. R. D. Meagher, Sproule and Co., Mr. J. Kinkead . . for Mr. Theodore, M.P.

Mr. E. McTiernan Instructed by Messrs. Marsland and Co., for lVIr.

Coleman, M.P.

Mr. Theodore, M.P. ; Mr. Lambert, M.P. ; ·Mr. Coleman, M.P. ; Mr. Cann; and Mr. Mahony; were also in attendance.

On the application of Mr. Windeyer, K.C., I agreed to an adjournment until Monday, 11th June, 1928) to enable Counsel to prepare their cases.

At the opening of the hearing on Monday, lith June, 1928, the following additional Counsel appeared :- ·

Mr. E. Little .. Instructed by Mr. H. Hourigan for Mr. Mahony.

Mr. D. R. Hall (Solicitor) .. 'For Messrs. Lambert, M.P., and Cann.

The hearing · was continued on the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 18t_h, 19th, 20th, 21st, .23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th June, when it was concluded.

Fully seized of the importance of the issues entruste<). to me for investigation, I have addressed myself most diligently to the exploration of every avenue that seemed likely to lead to useful informatiol;l b$3ing secured, and have sifted most carefully all the evidence obtainable, with a view to arriving at the truth.

All parties involved in this have come before me without compulsion and have volun.tarily given their testimonies upon oath. ·

The Legal Representatives appearing before me have one and;_all me the most able and valuable assistance.

As far as I can see nothing has been left undone, and, in my opinion, nothing was done which should not have been done. . 1

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The history of the case is this:-Mr. E. G. Theodore, the Member. for the Commonwealth Electorate of Dalley, had been Premier of Queensland. Anxious to obtain a Seat in the Commonwealth Parliament, he resigned from the State Parliament of Queensland and became a candidate for election in the Commonwealth Parliament for the Electorate of Herbert in Queensland. In that Election he failed. Being a man prominent in labour politics, -the· representatives of Labour also desired to obtain a Seat for him in the Commonwealth Parliament, and for that purpose set about finding -for him a Seat in some Electorate in the State of New South Wales; In the year 1925 these efforts began, and it is alleged that at that time various attempts were made to create a vacancy for him in a New South Wales Electorate, and various Members of the Commonwealth Parliament

were, without doubt, approached with the object of creating a vacancy by their resignation in Mr. Theodore's favour. ' - · . ,

The persons named or indicated by Messrs. Lambert and Cann in the two statements in the Daily Telegraph -Pictorial are:- · Mr. Lambert-person named, Mr. P. E. Coleman-person indicated,

Mr. F. Anstey-person named, Mr. W. G. Mahony-person named, and_ Mr. E. G. Theodore-person

Mr. Lambe1·t.-Mr. Lambert, the present Member for West Sydney in the Commonwealth Parliament, has testified before me that an offer of £8,000 was made to him by Mr. W. G. Mahony, late Member for Dalley, as an inducement for him to resign his Seat in favour of Mr. E. G. Theodore. This offer is alleged to have been made in 1925, shortly after the General Elections of that year.

This allegation was first made in the Evening News newspaper. Mr. Lambert immediately proceeded to give that allegation the most emphatic denial. He reiterated his statement before me on oath that such an offer had been ma9-e. Under these circumstances, and without corroboration, I am unable to accept 1\tlr. Lambert's statement that such an offer was made.

Mr. Oann.-The state1nent by Mr. Cann, appearing in the Daily Tel -- graph Pictorial, on Wednesday, 9th May, 1928, indicates Mr. P. E. Coleman as the person who in 1925 told him that an offer had been made to him (Mr. Coleman} to resign his Seat in favour of Mr. Theodore. Mr. Cann is corroborated by four other witnesses, namely, Senator Duncan, Senator Foil, and Messrs. Hinchcliffe and Ahearn. All these witnesses testify that Mr. Coleman had stated that an offer

had been made to him and that that offer was accompanied by a promise of pecuniary benefit. I have to re_ port that in my opinion Mr. Coleman was offered_ financial benefit in consideration of, and with a view to inducing, his resignation of his Seat in Parliament in favour of Mr. Theodore. I am satisfied that Mr. Coleman took the matter into consideration and I have _to report that the ofier was not accepted. ·

Mr . .Anstey.-W1.th regard to Mr. Anstey, the·_ evidence does not satisfy me that Mr. Anstey . was offered1money or was requested to vacate his Seat in favour of any one at this time or within the period covered by _this Commissio:n. In evidence he did state that· -he had been requested to refrain from going up for an Election by some person whom he refused to designate, but this

occurred in the year 1919-a period so remote from this Inquiry that I did not pursue the matter further. . Mr. Mahony.-Mr. Mahony, late Member for Dalley, did resign his Seat as Member for Dalley in favour of Mr. Theodore. Mr. Mahony's banking accounts in the Commonwealth Bank

and Commonwealth Savings Bank showed that he was a person witho11t means ·outside his Parliamentary pay and his account for a long time showed only the regular receipt of his Parliamentary pay monthly, · and withdrawals as that credit. He resigned his Seat in favour of Mr. Theodore -on the 18th January, 1927. On the day before the date of h1s resignation to the he took a box in the Safe Deposit, Sydney. In June, 1927, Mr. Mahony bought an

hotel at Balmain and paid for it with a deposit for .£250 by che4_ue, and £2,750 in notes. On examination of Mr. Mahony for the purpose of inauiring where that_ money came from, Mr. Mahony was found to have put into that Safe Deposit according to his own testimony in J anuarv, 1927, the day before he resigned his Seat, a sum of money amounting to upwards of £5,000. It is•plain Mr. Mahony h:j.d that large sum in his Safe Deposit, for out of it he took £2,750 in

notes to pay the purchase price of the hotel and £1,500 in notes to swell his own testimonial fund. The possession of that sum of money was kept secret by him as against all the world. His account of his possession of that large sum of money, viewed by a man of the world, and tested bv the ordinary and straight-forward course of dealing in aff-airs by an ordinary man of the woild, is so utterly improbable as not to be worthy of any belief. In the financial circumstances surrounding Mr. Mahony and his political actions at _ that particular time, the possession of that large sum of

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money, hidden by him in great secrecy, raised in my mind a grave suspicion that that money had not been aGcumulated by him in the innocent manner related by him. That suspicion, if left unremoved by an explanation, would be equal to ·an admission that the suspicion was just. ·when that suspicion is attempted to be removed by testimony which cannot by any reasonable man be accepted, there is all the more reason why that suspicion should resolve itself into a conviction. Lord Mansfield said over 100 years ago "Until it pleases Providence to give us means beyond those our present faculties afford of ' knowing things done in secret' we must act on presumptive proof or leave the w9rst crimes unpunished." To my mind the presumption that Mr. Mahony received this money for his Seat is irresistible.

I am of opinion that Mr. Mahony did receive a large sum of money, probably £5 ,000, in consideration of his resignation of his Seat in Parliament as Member for Dalley and in favour of Mr. Theodore.

Mr. Theodore.-!, with the assistance of able Counsel, went through Mr. Theodore's banking accounts hoth in the Bank of New South Wales, Brisbane, and the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney. I was unable tc. discover anything therein which-would W-arrant me in holding that Mr. Theodore pro\"ided any moneys towards the sum paid to Mr. Mahony, except a sum of £200 to which I will now refer. As portion of the sum of £5 ,000 which Mr. Mahony had in his P.afe Deposit, there was a sum of £200 which was given by Mr. Theoqore to him-after, it would appear, Mr. election-and it is beyond question that that £200 was given to Mr. Mahony by Mr. Theodore in consideration of, or by reason of, or in consequence of, Mr. Mahony's resignation of his Seat in favour of Mr. Theodore.

I answer the specific questions put to me hy Your Excellency as follows :--(i) Evidence does not enable me to say by whom such benefit was offered or given beyond what I have reported re the £200 given by Mr. Theodore to Mr. Mahony. (ii) Financial benefit was offered to Mr. P. E. Coleman with a view to inducing his

resignation of his Seat in Parliament in favour of Mr. Theodore. ¥inancial benefit was given (probably to· the extent of £5,000) to Mr. W. G. Mahony in consideration of his resigning his Seat in Parliament in favour of Mr. Theodore. (iii) The financial benefit so offered and given was offered and given in the interests

of Mr. E. G. Theodore. ·

Appendix" A."-gives the names of the witnesses examined. Appendix "B."-gi:res a list of the Exhibits admitted by the Commission.

I with this my Report a transcript of the complete Notes of the Proceedings.

I have tht! honour to be,

Your Excellency's Most Obedient Servant,

EDWARD SCHOLES, Commissioner.

No. 1 High Court, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

G. L. CAMPBELL, Secretary, 2nd July, 1928.

Transmitted to the Prime Minister.

5th July, 1928.

STONEHA VEN, Governor-Generai .

2nd July; 1928.

Name.

Ahea.rn, Francis !franlf

Brown, James, E. Y. :Birq, Sidney Burrell, Thomas Cyr-il Bailey, John Cann, George. Perqy

Cannon, Gilbert Coates Ooote,_ Eroll Hampt ol! etancy, William J. . . Clarkson, William John Duncan, Walter Leslie Eld])id,ge, Percy- Foll, Hattil Spen,cer .. Fenton, William

Forde, Francis Greenish, John Joseph HiJ?.chcWl·, Hands, William Willill!.m ftenry

Levi, Bernard · Wm.

Molloy, Michael Joseph Mahony, William G. , Dr. Athol W:.

Murray, James A. Millar, J. D. Nancarrow; F. M. Reeve, George James Roberts, Alfred Earnest Riley, Edward C.

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Sullivan, Charles Joseph Spedding, Quinton Shaddock .. Shapahan, M;ich.tel Josep,h Trouville, John Joseph

Theodore, Edward Gra,nviUe Warnecke,"George William Wren, John

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APPENDIX "AY

EUMIN;ED.

J l!rnalist, .,4ust1:aliq,n Worker, af!d the Stand{J,r4, $ydl;tey Mem.ber of Parlia-ment for Bourke · ·

:B;:mk Department the Cbm,monwealth Banjr, Sydney

Secretary, Australian Labour Party, Sydney Private Sec 11etary, City Civic Commission, Sydney A..W.U. 0ffice, Sydney Hu;l Ne:w W:;tles

Member of Parliament for Reid the

RepoJ;ter,_ Daily_ Telegraph PictoTial', Sydney Reporter, Labour Daily,, Newspaper-, Daily Telegraph Office, Sydney Senator, Federal Parliament $ecret::tl'Y, J;.,icences Reduction Board, Syd!fey Senator, Fed&al Parliament Manager, Sydney Safe Deposit, Sydney

Member of Federal Parliament for Capricornia J ournaliRt, Sydney Ex-Manager of the Austrq,l_ 1:an WMlce.r, SyQ.ney News E·vening News Office, Sydney

Member of P{trliament for West Sydney $ydne.y Morning Herald, Office, Sydney Clerk of Records, House of Representatives, Canberra Secretary, Tooth's Ltd., Sydney Ex-Member of Parliament for Dalley Medical Practiti<'mer, Balmain · E,S. and A. Bank, Balmain

Ammunition (-Nobel) Ltd., Melbourne Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia., Sydney Chief of Staff, Sydney Morning Herald, · , Skin Dealer, Sydney -Member of Parliament for Coek

Merchant, Kent-street, Sydney Managing Editor, Labour Daily, Newspaper, Sydney Daily Telegraph Pirtorial Syqney;

Hotel'Broker, Sydney ·

Member of Parliament for Dalley DaJly Guardian Newspaper, Sydner Racehorse Owner, Melbourne

APPENDIX "B."

EXHIBITS,

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<}at,ed 1 J.anuary, 1927, by 'Y· _G. M":hop.y t.o W.._care;r, ]\i.L.C., Secretary

New Wales Branch of'the A.L.P. Executive, mtlmatmg his mteatwn to res1gn h1s Seat-1.n the Federa,l P.arliament oa the ground of ill-health, on the condition that Mr. E. G. Theodore be selected and endorsed as the Labour party's candidate as his successor. . . Letter., dated 19th Janual'y, 1927, addressed by Mr. W. G. Mahony to the General Secretaryo, NtJw South Wales

Branch, A.L.P., that he had tendered his resignation of his Seat in Parliament to the Speaker of thSJ House Q.f

B.-Minute book of the Executive of the A,.L.P. containing the Minutes of. the Meeting on 14th Januar-y, 1927, tlte. intend ell resignatiop. Mr, Mah01.1y of_ hi.s Seat . .i.n Parliament.

C.-Rough minute book of the Executive of the A.L.P. containing the rough notes of the Meeting of the 14th .Janq_ary, in-\:ega.t:d to l\'lal).ony's of 4is.Se_ atin

D.-Memorandum of Agreement, dated 8th 1927, beween Mr. George Craig ef Balmaia and- Mr. W. G-. l}ra,hon.y-, ig_ tq t4e pu,rcb!}§e. Mr. go_ qqwiU;a.!!!d fqrnjture Qf. t.h.e Hotel

Balmain.

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E.-Letter, dated 18th Janua;ry, 1927, from Mr. W. G. Mahony, to the Hon. Sir Littleton Groom, Speaker House of Representatives, tendering his resignation of his Seat in the Federal Parliament. F.-Memorandum of Agreement, dated 15th November, 1927, Mr. W. G. Mahony, Balmain, and Mr. Thomas Francis Melody, Rand wick, in regard to the sale of the Commercial Hotel, Balmain.

G:-Copy of the Daily Telegraph Pictorial newspaper of 9th May, 1928, containing an article headed " Lambert not the first to refuse £8,000," " George Cann tells of previous offer." H.-Copy of Mr. W. G. Mahony's account in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sydney. I.-Statutory Declaration by Mr. W. G. Mahony, dated 28th November, 1927, as to liquor purchases at the Commercial Hotel, Ba]main, from 4th July, to 28th November, 1927.

J .-Copy of record of deposit in and withdrawals from Mr. W. G. Mahony's account at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Savings Bank Department), Sydney, from 30th April, 1925, to 7th June, 1928. Jl.-Copy of the Rules of the Australian Labour Party, State of New South Wales, for the year ·

K.-Copy of Mr. W. G. Mahony's current account with the English Scottish and Australian Bank, Balmain from 7th July, 1927, to 12th December; 1927.

Fund. L.-The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sydney, Bank Book in connexion with theW. G. Mahony Testimonial M.-Receipt book in connexion with theW. G. Mahony Testimonial Fund. N.-Copy of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive of the Mah-eny Testimonial Fund on 28th March, 1927. 0.-The Accoui).ts book and correspondence in connexion with theW. G. Mahony Testimonial Fund. P.-Copy of the Daily Telegmph Pictorial of 7th May, 1928, containing an article headed "£8,000 was offered fo r_ a safe City Labour Seat." " Startling disclosures by West Sydney Member."

Q.-Copy of the Dm:ly Telegraph Pictorial of 11th May, 1928, containing an article headed "Lambert may give facts of £8,000 offer in House." "Federal A.L.P. asked to investigate." . R.-Copy of a letter, dated lOth May, 1928, from Mr. Lambert, M.P., to Mr. Scullin, M.P., and Mr. D. McNamara, Secretary, A.L.P. Federal Executive, Trades Hall, Melbourne.

S.-Deposit slip in connexion with the sum of £1,500 deposited in the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, on 25th March, 1927, to the credit of G. Mahony Testimonial Fund, by Mr. F. M. Forde, M.P. T.-Deposit Slips in connexion with deposits made by Mr. Mahony to his credit in the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, January to December, 1927; also cheque on the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, for £1,429 2s. 5d., drawn on the 7th April, 1927, in favour of Mr. W. G. Mahony. ·

D.-Statement made by Mr. Lambert, M.P., to Mr. Neaves of the Commonwealth Crown Solicitor's Office for the purposes of the Inquiry.

V.-Amended Statement made by Mr. Lambert, M.P., to Mr. Lamb, K.C. W.-Statements made by Mr. George Cann to Mr. Neaves and Mr. Hill (Mr. Lamb's junior Counsel) for the purposes of the Inquiry .. X.-Copy of Federal Hansard, containing a speech by Mr. LaiPbert in Parliament on 27th May, 1926, -regarding ex-soldiers' pensions.

Y.-Copy of Mr. Theodore's current account in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sydney, from January, 1927, to 30th June, 1927, and Cqmmonwealth Savings Bank Account up to 15th June, 1928. Z.-Cheques drawn by Mr. Mahony on the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sydney,from 8th October, 1926, to 8th November, 1926. ·

AA.-Copy of the Labour Daily of lith Decem_ ber, 1925, containing an article regarding Mr. Lambert's Seat, headed "Lies-All Lies." BA.-Copy of the Labour Daily of 12th December,· 1925, in regard to Mr. Lambert's Seat, headed "Nothing Doing/' " West Sydney Seat."

CA:-Copy of the Daily Guardian of lith December, 1925, containing an article headed" Theodore not for West Sydney." DA.-Copy of the Daily Guardian of 23rd November, 1925, containing an article headed "Mystery visit of Theodore.''

EA.-Mr. Theodore's bank book in connexion with his account in the Bank of New South Wales, Brisbane, and his bank book in connexion with his account in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Brisbane. FA.-Cheques draw-n by Mr. Theodore on the Commonwealth- Bank of Australia, Sydney, in January and February, 1927.

GA.-Copy of the finding, dated 23rd November, 1924, by Mr. Theodore, who acted as Arbitrator, in connexion with the "Sliding panel ballot boxes "inquiry. ·

HA.-Newspaper proofs of articles in the Telegraph Pictorial, signed by Mr. Lamhert as" O.K." written by Mr. Coote, reporter, for insertion in the Daily Telegraph Pictorial, in regard to

the allegations by Messrs. Lambert, M.P., and Cann. J A.-Copy of the statement made by Mr . Coote to Mr. Hill (junior Counsel assisting the Commissioner) in relation to the subject matter of the Inquiry. KA.-Copy of the Evening News of lOth December, 1925, containing an article headed "Theodore: West

Sydney." LA.-Copy of the statement made by Mr. W. J. Clancy to Mr. Armstrong of the Commonwealth Crown Solicitor's Office in relation to the 8ubject-matter of the Inq?iry. _

MA.-Letter, dated 18th June, 1928, from the Deputy Commissioner, Repatriation Commission, Sydney, to Mr. Coleman, M.P., in regard to the latter's voluntary surrender of his war pension. .

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NA.--Cheque for £200 drawn -by Mr. Theodore, on the Bank of New South W_ ales, Brisbane, on lOth January,

OA.-Letter, dated 5th June, 1928, from Mr. C .. Sullivan, Merchant, Sydney, addressed to M:r. E. G. Riley. PA.-Copyofthe A.L.P. Committee's findings in connexion with Mr. J . Bailey's expulsion from the A.L.P. QA.-Copy of the Labou·r Daily of 4th April, 1927, in regard to Mr. Mahony's testimonial, headed" Jolly Good Fellow," "W. G. Mahony."

RA.-Copy of The Sydney J.liorning Herald, of lOth May, 1928, containing articles headed" Labour Scandals." SA.-Copy of the Sun News Pictorial of the 20th June, 1928, containing an article headed "Mr. Anstey to be . recalled by Bribery Commission." TA.-Articles extracted from The Sun of 9th May, 1928, under the heading " Utterly Untrue."

UA.-Typewritten copy of an article which appeared in The Sydney Morm:ng Herald of 12th December, 1925 , under the headings" West Sydney." " Mr. Lambert's poRition ." ·

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