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Thursday, 25 July 1946

Mr FADDEN (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - Has the Minister for the Army seen a statement by Mr.

McKerihan, honorary administrator of the Australian Comforts Fund, that the position in regard to amenities for members of the Australian Occupation Force in Japan is deplorable, and that the New South Wales Comforts Fund has given £45,000 to be spent on the provision of amenities? Does the Commonwealth Government intend to subsidize this amount? Has the Minister seen a statement by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Mr. Chandler, that Lieutenant-General Northcott has reported twice on the deplorable conditions under which Australian troops in Japan have to live, but without succeeding in arousing the sympathy of the Commonwealth Government? Will the right honorable gentleman make a statement on the subject and table the relevant papers and reports, particularly LieutenantGeneral Northcott's report?

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