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Friday, 4 December 1914

Senator PEARCE - The paragraph referred to is the statement of a newspaper. Some time ago the Government asked the War Office whether permission would be given to war correspondents to go to the front, and the reply was that they would permit one war correspondent for Australia to go to the front, provided that he was indorsed by the Government. Subsequently a war correspondent was appointed. Then the War Office were asked whether they would allow other war correspondents to go to the front with subsequent contingents, and they recommended that that should not be done. We have had no intimation of a change of opinion on their part. The second cablegram, I may say, came only a week or so ago, but, in view of the statement in the Press, we will communicate again with the War Office to see if they have altered their decision.

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