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Wednesday, 21 October 1914

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I can assure Senator Stewart and Senator Bakhap that the Government will take steps in the direction they have indicated. At the same time we read in the press that the Belgian Government is established at Havre, in France. We should be the last to recognise in any way that it has ceased to exist. We do not think it has, nor has the identity of Belgium as a nation ceased to exist. This Bill bears on the face of it the affirmation by the Australian Government that we recognise still that there is a Government of Belgium. At the same time we shall take all necessary steps to see that the money roaches the distressed and starving people of Belgium for whom it is intended.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a. second time, and passed through its remaining stages.

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