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Wednesday, 25 November 1914

Senator KEATING (TASMANIA) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Prime Minister been drawn to a cablegram published in Monday's newspaper in my own State, and, I presume, on about the same date in other States, to this effect -

London, Friday night.

A Treasury minute shows that Canada requires £12,000,000 of the British war loan, Australia £18,000,000, New Zealand £5,260,000, and South Africa £7,000,000. The object of the advances is to provide funds to meet Naval and Military expenditure, and other charges directly due to the crisis. The money is not for financing development services. I would like to know if that statement correctly represents the position, and also if the £18,000,000 referred to in the message is the £18,000,000 which was the subject of negotiation and arrangement between the Prime Minister and the Premiers of the States a little while ago ?.

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