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Wednesday, 6 May 1942


Mr ROSEVEAR - A photograph appeared in a section of the press to-day under the caption, "Aliens get down to work at labour camp". The following passage was published below the picture : -

Industrious members of Eastern Command's 1st Alien Labour Camp established near Sydney. The men are of all nationalities including Russians, Greeks, Czechs, Germans, Austrians and Italians. All of them now wear the Australian Army uniform with the rising sun on tunic, collar and hat.

Will the Minister for the Army inform me whether it is a fact that aliens from Germany and Austria are, employed in these battalions? If so, are they wearing uniforms which bear the rising sun on the tunic, collar and hat? Does the Minister consider that in the interests of safety, enemy aliens should be allowed to use uniforms similar to those worn by Australian troops?


Mr FORDE - I shall have inquiries made into the subject.







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