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Wednesday, 12 May 1920

Mr LISTER (CORIO, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether the Government is aware that there is great unrest among the Italian community in Australia owing to the persistent statements made that the Commonwealth Government acted without any authority in deporting Italians for military service in Italy?

2.   Is the Government aware that statements have been repeatedly made that the Italian Government never made any request to the Australian Government prior to the Italian reservists being called up for military service or being deported abroad?

3.   Will the Minister prepare for public information a summary of the position and policy of the Italian Government and the Australian Government in calling up and deporting Italian reservists, and showing what action was taken thereon in Australia for the calling up of the military reservists for service in Italy?

4.   Was the action taken by the Italian and the Commonwealth Governments legal under the circumstances?

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