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Thursday, 22 August 1912

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - I wish now to refer to a matter which I have brought under the notice of more than one Government without any satisfactory reply. I wish to know whether the Government are prepared to take Parliament into their confidence as to the truth about the wonderful explosion that took place some time ago in the fort at Thursday Island. It may be said that on high political grounds it is unadvisable to reply to this question, but I want to know how the explosion came about. It was believed that certain members of the Defence Force stationed at the time at Thursday Island deliberately tried to blow up the fortifications. I ask the Government whether they are prepared to state their view of the matter, or whether, on the ground of high policy, they think it better not to answer the question.

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