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Friday, 18 December 1914

Senator FERRICKS (QUEENSLAND) - Arising out of that answer, I ask the Minister whether, if there were a suspicion that gold was being despatched to China, and that its ultimate goal was Germany, would it be possible to take action to prevent its exportation ?

Senator PEARCE - Yes. As I have just informed Senator de Largie, if the Government have any suspicion that the ultimate destination of any gold is an enemy country - and we shall make further inquiries into the matter - we will take action to prohibit its export. But we have to recollect that the ordinary facilities for the exchange of currency between different countries must be recognised .

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