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Friday, 2 August 1946

Mr RYAN (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - Did the Minister for the Army read in this morning's Daily Telegraph a report that Australian troops who received an amount of £5 with which to buy food on their release from prisoner of war camps at Singapore, have been instructed to refund the money plus British exchange, making a total of £6 5s. 5d. ? Will the Minister inform me whether that report is correct? If so, as the amount of £5 was paid in lieu of food, does the right honorable gentleman consider that this demand 'is justified? If his answer is in the negative, will he issue instructions for the demand to be withdrawn?

Mr FORDE - I have not seen the report and I cannot say. whether the statements in it are true. However, I shall have it examined.- It is a matter with which I am not conversant at the moment, but I hope to be able to give the honorable member some information later to-day.

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