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Wednesday, 24 September 1941

Senator FOLL (Queensland) (Minister for the Interior) . - I regret that an answer to the question asked by Senator Cameron has not yet been supplied to him, but I know that a reply has reached Canberra and is awaiting the Minister's approval. I shall endeavour to supply him with the answer as soon as possible. Only a few days ago the Cabinet reached a certain decision in relation to the age at which members of the fighting services will he allowed to proceed overseas, but 1 do not wish to refer further to the matter because I am not sure whether the Minister for the Army (Mr. Spender) has yet been notified of the decision of the Government. I shall have the matter raised by the honorable senator placed before the Minister immediately, so that a decision may be reached regarding it, because I can understand the anxiety of the parents of young soldiers who desire to go overseas.

In reply to Senator Sampson, I feel confident that in no circumstances would the Minister for the Army (Mr. Spender) deliberately make an inaccurate statement in relation to the food supplied to our troops either overseas or in Australia. The honorable senator's remarks will be placed before the Minister without delay.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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