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Wednesday, 4 July 1906
Page: 1041

Mr EWING (Richmond) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - By way of personal explanation, I should like to say that the honorable member has absolutely misunderstood me.

Mr Kelly - I am afraid that the House did so, too.

Mr EWING - Probably it did. So far as Colonel Bridges is concerned, I have as high an appreciation of him as the honorable member can have.

Mr Page - He is the best man that we have in the Forces.

Mr EWING - I asked the honorable member for Wentworth in the most innocent way possible whether the information which I supplied to him was not that which he desired. Colonel Bridges is the only officer in Australia who has passed the examination to which he referred.

Mr Kelly - There is not a reference to Colonel Bridges in the whole of my questions.

Mr EWING - In reply to the honorable member, and without any desire to be mean, I asked if he did not wish to know whether Colonel Bridges was the only man in Australia who had passed that examination.

Mr Kelly - What ground had the Minister to make such an insinuation ?

Mr EWING - Simply this : Certain information was sought. There is only one officer inr the Commonwealth who has passed the examination to which reference was made. Was not that the information which the honorable member desired, and was it not supplied to him? In conclusion, I may say that I appreciate the worth of Colonel Bridges quite as much as does the honorable member.

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