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Wednesday, 25 August 1920

Mr BRENNAN (BATMAN, VICTORIA) - I desire to ask a question, without notice, of the Prime Minister, and, by way of explanation, refer to messages which have passed between the Secretary of State for the Colonies and the Government in regard to the formal declaration of Peace. I understand that on 16th July there was a formal peace signed with Austria, and that on the 20th July a message was sent by the Secretary of State for the Colonies to the Government -

With reference to my telegram, 17th July, proposed to issue Order-in-Council under section 13 Termination of Present War Definition Act 1918, fixing date of termination of war with Austria, 16th July.

I desire to ask the PrimeHinister if he is in a position to tell the House what reply was sent to the Secretary of State for the Colonies in reference to this proclamation. I wish to know whether the Prime Minister, at an early date, proposes to issue a proclamationby the Governor-General formally declaring a state of peace between the Commonwealth and Austria?

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