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Friday, 18 June 1915

Senator MAUGHAN (QUEENSLAND) - Has the Minister of Defence any information bearing on the present condition of Australian prisoners of war in Turkey, and, if so, does he mind making it public?

Senator PEARCE - I have already announced that, through the Home Government, the Ministry approached the United States Government, and asked that their ambassador at Constantinople should supply us with all information possible as to prisoners of war in Turkey ; and, as a result of our representations, we have received information regarding the officers and crew of the submarine AE2. The same procedure will be followed in regard to military prisoners.

Senator MAUGHAN - Has the Minister any details in the Department as to the actual number of Australian prisoners now held by the Turks ?

Senator PEARCE - No other report than the one I have just referred to has yet been received.

Senator NEEDHAM - Will the Minister of Defence tell the Senate whether the lists of casualties which we have already received and are still receiving deal only with the landing of our troops at Gallipoli, or include casualties sustained in fighting after a landing had been effected?

Senator PEARCE - The lists include the casualties up to the dates mentioned in them. If the honorable senator will look at the lists, as received by the Department, he will see that they show the dates on which the casualties occurred, and that in some cases the dates are quite recent.

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