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Wednesday, 25 June 1941

Senator McLEAY - The issue of canteen orders is controlled by the defence authorities, the post office merely acting as selling agent. The question, therefore, is really one forthe Army Minister, but I am able to submit the following information : -

1.   Canteen orders are not now issued in £1 denomination, the highest value being5s., viz., 2s.,3s. and 5s. Canteen orders cannot be cashed but can only be exchanged at a canteen for goods up to the value of the order in the currency of the country in which the canteen is located.

2.   Goods in canteens arepriced in the currency of the country in which the canteen is located and the value of the canteen order is converted into the same currency at the ruling rate of exchange, so the recipient of the order gets goods to the full face value of the order. In some cases the goods are cheaper than in Australia, so that the soldier gets greater value than hewould for the same order in Australia.

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