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Thursday, 19 August 1920


Mr POYNTON (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Home and Territories) - The Commission advises as follows^

1.   No. Recently, however, it came under notice that in some instances dependants of soldiers who had been granted free passages to the Commonwealth, and who, when called upon after reasonable notification to embark, failed to do so without taking the necessary steps to advise the authorities of their inability to proceed, with the result that the cost of the empty berths so -caused must be borne by the Commonwealth. The Commission decided that, where the Commonwealth is called upon to meet the cost of the- passages' unavailed of under such circumstances, the benefit, as far as the persons affected were concerned, should be deemed to have been forfeited.

2.   In view of answer to question No. 1, this action is not considered necessary.







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