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Tuesday, 19 June 1906

Mr MALONEY asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Whether, in the Hawker Inquiry Board, the majority of the Board and Senator Styles found that Major Hawker borrowed coal supplied for the use of the men by the Commonwealth Government ?

2.   Whether the majority of the Board found that Major Hawker used the coal and diverted1 it from the use of the men?

3.   Whether Senator Styles found that Major Hawker had not returned many bags of coat and still owes the Government for the same ?

4.   Does the Government distinguish between) borrowing Government property, and not returning it, and ordinary theft?

5.   Is any distinction to be made between ar* officer and a gentleman and the ordinary public?

6.   Does the Minister consider the loss of one increment of ?20 a sufficient punishment for theft?

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