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Thursday, 26 November 1914

Senator DE LARGIE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence a question without notice, and in order to explain the question, I shall read an extract from yesterday's issue of the Melbourne Herald-

A most painful case of want and destitution was related to me to-day. A' poor woman, the wife of a labourer out of work for some weeks, was taken to the "Women's Hospital about ten days ago. She was 90 emaciated for want of food, not having any for the previous four days, that she was unable to walk, and had to be carried to a bed. After a week's generous treatment her strength is again normal. She states that the furniture and clothes had to be pawned until all was gone, and being too proud to beg, her Btate became desperate.

Compare this unfortunate case with the following: - Certain Germans are now living in a suburban boarding-house at the cost of the Government, each receiving 30s. a week to pay for his board.

This is the particular part to which I would draw attention -

Each pays 25s., and the balance goes for a comfortable, well-furnished private room, in the same establishment, with a large photograph of the Kaiser over the mantelpiece. Our deadliest enemies, boiling over with hatred for everything English, living like fighting cocks on the revenue of our glorious Commonwealth.

Is there any truth in the second portion of the extract, namely, that the taxpayers of Australia, are paying 30s. a week to each of these Germans, as stated by the writer?

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