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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr FORDE - Several methods of notifying casualties to the relatives of soldiers have been considered, and the method now in use was adopted by the Minister for the Army in the previous Government. A great deal of consideration has been given to this subject, and I am advised that experience has proved that the method now in use is the best in all the circumstances. However, I am prepared to reconsider the subject and I invite the honorable member for Wakefield to confer with me on the subject in my room at the conclusion of questions to-day. The honorable gentleman referred to the stamped signature on the letter he has received from me. I have to deal with the correspondence resulting from the work of six typists and three other officers, and if I had to sign, personally, every letter that goes out of my office I should have no time to devote to the large issues of policy and organization which come before the Department of the Army. Consequently I have had to delegate to some other individual authority to sign certain letters. I assure the honorable member that I have the very greatest sympathy with the bereaved relatives of soldiers.

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