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Wednesday, 17 September 1919

Mr HUGHES (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - I desire to make a personal explanation. In the course of my speech in moving, onWednesday last, thatthe House approve of the Peace Treaty, I quoted from memory some figures relating to reparation. I find that the figures I gave were not those which were in my notes. I, therefore, desire to make a correction, to which I shall ask the press to give the widest publicity. I also ask the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Tudor) to make a special note of it. Instead of stating that Australia's war expenditure amounted to £300,000,000, and that the capitalized value of pensions, &c., was £54,000,000, I should have said that our actual war expenditure was £364,000,000, and that the capitalized value of pensions, repatriation, loss to civilians, and civilian property, &c., incidental tothe war, amounted to £100,000,000. As the matter is of vital importance to Australia, and is entirely non-party, I have, with the permission of Mr. 'Speaker, already made the necessary corrections inHansard.

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