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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr FROST (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - The honorable member handed to me a telegram that he had received from the husband of a bride on Dominion Monarch, which was carrying 143 wives, 107 children and ten widows, a total of 260, and was then, I understood, about to enter the Red Sea. Because of concern in regard to the accom- modation on the vessel, I sent a message to the captain, and received this reply -

Accommodation fitted in this ship for Australianexservicemen's dependants was speciallyconstructed for them by sea transport and approved by the Australian Government representatives in London. Some wives dc not approve being berthed in eight or ten-berth dormitories.There are no complaints regarding food and general amenities.

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