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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   The papers in this action are already available to the public by usual application, and payment of fee at the Courts, and no statement from the Minister would appear to be necessary.

2.   It is not considered desirable that any reports which may be in the possession of the Department of Defence showing efforts made by Italian reservists and their friends to prevent their being repatriated, should be made public.

3.   War Precautions Regulation 17e (a) provides that any person who, by any means, advocated or encouraged reservists not to comply with noticescalling them up for examination or service, committed an offence. It is not considered that justification exists for the disclosure of anyinformation the Department of Defence may have affecting persons who infringed against the regulations; butwhere it was considered sufficient justification existed, action was taken at the time in the ordinary Courts.

4.   In matters of this nature, the proper person to report to the Italian Government would be the Italian Consul; whether he did so or not would not be known by the Department of Defence.

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