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Wednesday, 4 August 1920

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - I do not know whether the attention of the Assistant Minister for Defence (Sir Granville Ryrie) has been called to an item of news in the Melbourne Herald of Tuesday, to the effect that an unfortunate returned soldier, aged forty, had committed suicide. It was shown in evidence at a coronial inquiry that the deceased exsoldier had possessed a war gratuity bond valued at £95, which was realized on at Ludbrook's stores. This firm, it appears, got the deceased to purchase £48 worth of goods, and gave him the balance in cash. In view of a comment by the coroner, that it would be interesting to know what the deceased got in his £48 worth of goods at Ludbrook's stores, I ask if the Minister will make some inquiry so that cases where suspicion has been raised may be cleared up.

SirGRANVILLE RYRIE. - Yes, I shall have inquiries made in the matter.

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