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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr HUGHES (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   I know nothing of this myself, but the Defence Department informs me that Mr. Murdoch was asked by the Minister for Defence to report on the following matters: -

1.   Arrangements for the receipt and delivery of letters, papers, and parcels to and from members of the Australian Imperial Force.

2.   Arrangements for the receipt and delivery of cablegrams to and from the members of the Australian Imperial Force.

3.   Arrangements for notification to Department in Australia of disposition of wounded to hospitals.

4.   To report on what measures are taken by the Anglo-Egyptian Bank and Thos. Cook and Sons to insure that remittances made through them to members of the Australian Imperial Force by persons in Australia are paid to the individual whom the sender intends to receive same, and not to some unauthorized person. 3. (a) Copy of correspondence in the matter with the Defence Department, including the instructions given to Mr. Murdoch and a copy of his subsequent report, is now laid on the table.

(b)   The only payment made to Mr. Murdoch by the Defence Department is a sum of £25 for expenses in connexion with the furnishing of his report.

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