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Wednesday, 21 October 1914

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - I do not desire to say anything on the present occasion against giving £100,000 as a grant in aid to the Government of Belgium. The matter hasbeen threshed out here already, and a. majority of the Senate and of the Parliament came to the conclusion that the grant should be made; but I would direct the attention of the Government to the fact that there is no Government of Belgium so far as I have been able to discover. Nobody knows where it is,, or who composes it. Besides, I read in the newspapers that the Kaiser had asked the President of the United States to recognise him as the ruler of Belgium.. I would impress on the Government the desirableness of seeing that the money does not get into the hands of the Kaiser or any other crowned head. I should like them to be extremely careful as to its destination. The people and Parliament of this country desire, I take it, that the poor homeless refugees should be relieved by application of the grant, and I am sure the Government will take every precaution to see that' the money does not find its way into the wrong, hands.

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