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Wednesday, 19 March 1941

Senator FOLL - The Minister for the Navy has supplied the following answers : -

1.   The matter will be fully investigated. 2 and 3. The facts as reported to the Minister are that a large party of rating? wished to travel on leave from Perth ti> eastern States. There was congestion on tinrailways and the department could accept them only on condition that they would not require meals from the (lining car, and that they would travel sitting up. Sufficient food for tinjourney was provided by the Naval authorities, but unfortunately at Kalgoorlie the party had to travel in separate divisions of the train, and all the food remained in one division. Some food was eventually provided from the dining car, and some stores obtained en route. The incident is greatly to be regretted and as stated a searching inquiry will be instituted forthwith.

4.   Yes.

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