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Wednesday, 8 September 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - We intend to keep the loan open until Monday next, and, may be, longer still, for the purposes of the people in the back country in Queensland and elsewhere: Australia is a big country, and it takes a long while to grip and thoroughly organize it. We find that, even yet, we are told from the back parts that further time is needed to gather in more loan moneys. Up to last night we had received about £21,000,000, and I am hoping by Monday - enabling people who are more particularly to benefit by this loan money to make their subscriptions - to be able to announce that the loan -has been fully subscribed. I should like, while on my feet, to express the thanks of the Government to all the varied organizations throughout Australia who have worked with such wonderful assiduity, zeal, and patriotic ardour during the last four or five weeks.

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