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Thursday, 18 September 1941

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

This matter has already been the subject of correspondence with the general secretary of the Australian Comforts Fund, who has intimated that the constitution of the fund limits its activities to the attention of the Australian Defence Forces on active service and that, under the circumstances, the fund is unable to assist men of the Mercantile Marine. The various patriotic funds in Australia have been established for the specific purpose of aiding men of the fighting forces by supplying additional clothing, comforts, &c, which otherwise they may have no opportunity of obtaining. It ls understood that in all principal ports in Australia institutes conducted for the benefit of visiting merchant seamen and maintained through the generosity of the public provide meals at a nominal rate and arrange for the entertainment of seamen while their ships are in port.

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