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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- I move-

That the Senate at its rising adjourn until. 3 o'clock p.m. on Friday, the 19th inst.

I desire to discussthe case of a gentle- man - Captain J. Strasburg - who offered his services to the Rabaul Expeditionary Force, and was given a position as acting-lieutenant, but who is now debarred from receivings a. war gratuity. I propose to deal with the case almost in that gentleman's own words, and by quoting from original documents and copies of correspondence, which prove unmistakably that as actinglieutenant he not only rendered service, but excellent service, to Australia.

Senator Cox - Do you mean that he gave his services, or that he volunteered his services ?

Senator GARDINER - He volunteered his services, and received, I think; the pay of a lieutenant. He was outside the service when war came upon us, and he possesses knowledge of the islands, perhaps greater than is possessed by any other man in Australia. He volunteered his services, which proved invaluable, and he was paid, just as Senator Cox was paid, for his services.

Senator Cox - I understood you to say that he gave his services.

Senator GARDINER - I thank the. honorable senator for the correction. I shall now quote the correspondence of which I spoke. Thefirst communication was as follows: -

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