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Thursday, 27 May 1915

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence if it is a fact that a considerable number of wounded soldiers from the front will shortly be landing in Australia, and, if so, what steps have been taken to provide accommodation and medical and nursing attendance for them on their arrival?

Senator PEARCE - It is a fact that wounded soldiers are expected to arrive in Australia at some time in the future. No date has yet been fixed. Steps are being taken to obtain suitable premises throughout the Commonwealth, and also to provide the necessary nursing and medical staff to attend to these wounded soldiers, so that they may receive proper treatment. I shall be glad to make a detailed statement later, when certain propositions have been submitted to me. But at present we are merely inquiring into the most suitable places at our disposal, and I am not, therefore, in a position to make such a statement now.

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