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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Mr LISTER asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Whether the Minister will supplement a statement given in response to questions by the honorable member for Corio regarding the repatriating of Italian reservists, by making public the facts and circumstances of the case of Ferrando versus Pearce and Eles, the charge therein made by Ferrando, and the result of such litigation?

2.   Will the Government publish reports in their possession as to propaganda by Italians and others in Victoria and Queensland, referring to secret opposition to the policy of the Commonwealth Government in calling up Italian reservists?

3.   What action was taken by the Commonwealth Government in opposition to or prevention of the circulation of such propaganda, and what action was taken against individuals - who were they who circulated such propaganda, or supplied funds, or gave assistance therefor?

4.   Was the Italian Government warned or notified of such propaganda, and is there any objection by the Government to authorize the publication of such notification?

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