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Thursday, 2 August 1906
Page: 2240

Mr BROWN (CANOBOLAS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to ask the Prime Minister : -

1.   Whether his attention has been called to a telegram in to-day's Age, stating that the High Court had delivered judgment in the case of Strechan v. The Commonwealth of Australia, in which plaintiff was non-suited on the plea that the Commonwealth was not responsible for acts committed by British New Guinea officials?

2.   Was this plea of non-liability raised by the Commonwealth Government?

3.   Was it known or supposed that this nonliability existed when Parliament was asked to vote the salaries of those officers?

4.   ls it proposed to ask for a re-vote of salaries under the conditions disclosed by the decision ?

5.   ls it proposed to bring British New Guinea under Commonwealth control, and, if so, when is it proposed to take the necessary action to this end?

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