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Thursday, 29 April 1915

Senator BLAKEY (VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister of Defence the following questions: -

(1)   How many members of the Expeditionary Forces were returned to Australia from Egypt by the steamer Ulysses who were stated to be suffering from venereal diseases'

(2)   How many men who returned by the Ulysses, and were stated to be suffering from venereal diseases, have been discharged from Langwarrin Camp up till 28th April?

(3)   Is it a fact that " certificates of character " on the "certificate of discharge" of the disciplinary cases, returned by the Ulysses are marked "good," whilst the " certificates of character " on the " certificates of discharge " of those who were returned as medically unfit for further services are indorsed "No records available, &c."

(4)   Is it a fact that a number of men who were returned to Australia by order of the Medical Board in Egypt on 'account of illhealth (other than venereal diseases), and who were recommended by the medical officers in Egypt to undergo operations on their arrival in Australia, have been discharged by the Department without such operations having been performed or any medical or financial assistance rendered to them?

Senator PEARCE - I ask the honorable senator to give notice of the questions, and may I suggest that he should give notice of them for Wednesday next?

Senator Blakey - I prefer to give notice of the questions for to-morrow. The matter is urgent, and it will only cause trouble-

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