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Tuesday, 30 August 1921

Senator PAYNE (TASMANIA) - I desire to ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister whether inquiries have been made in regard to the question which I put to him on the 16th inst. relative to a German ex-military officer, and, if so, with what result ?

SenatorE. D. MILLEN.- On the date named the honorable senator asked the Minister representing the Acting Prime Minister the following question : -

1.   Has he been made aware whether the police in Sydney have made inquiry as to the identity of a person from whom some diamonds had been stolen, and who was unwilling to give evidence regarding the theft, and have found that be was formerly an officer of the Prussian Guard, and that his regiment fought the Australians at Mont St. Quentin?

2.   Will he have inquiries made as to whether or not this man was a resident of Australia before the war; and, if he was, whether he was naturalized ?

It was at the time intimated that inquiries were being made into the matter. I am now in a position to advise the honorable senator that -

1.   It has been ascertained that the person referred to is a German subject, but the Government has no information to' show whether he was formerly an officer of the Prussian Guard.

2.   This person arrived here prior to the war and was on parole in Australia during the whole period of the war. He is not naturalized.

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