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Wednesday, 29 August 1906

Mr BAMFORD (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Did the Chief Judicial Officer of British New Guinea, when asked to report on the " O'Brien Affair," state that the action of Mr. Griffin, A.R.M., "could not in my opinion be justified either under section 256 or otherwise."

2.   Did the Prime Minister, in his speech on British New Guinea on the 23rd instant, say, " Undoubtedly Mr. Griffin made a mistake in the 'O'Brien Case'"?

3.   Has the Acting Administrator (Captain Barton) ever reprimanded Mr. Griffin, or even expressed regret or dissent regarding the action he took?

4.   Is the Mr. William Little appointed to the Legislative Council to represent the miners the same Mr. Little who, with the minority of the miners, upheld the action of Mr. Griffin?

5.   Was Mr. Little recommended by Captain Barton for the Council ?

6.   Does the Minister think that Mr. Little's appointment will receive the general support of the miners?

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