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Thursday, 26 November 1914

Senator McDOUGALL (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Has the following paragraph, appearing in the Sydney Daily Telegraph, been brought under the notice of the Minister -


" German prisoners from New Guinea to the number of twenty-six arrived in Sydney yesterday. On Friday last a contingent of thirteen was landed, and it is stated that more are to follow. It is impossible tosecure official data as to the total number so far sent to Sydney since the capture of Germany's possessions in the Pacific; but, judging by the three lists already published in the Government Gazette at Babaul, the number cannot be far short of 200. To no other portion of Australia have these people been sent. " At the present time there are seven Germans from New Guinea, with three of their families, staying at the Hotel Australia. They arrived on Friday, and will probably, like other Germans who have arrived recently, secure flats in fashionable localities. Several such flats have been set up in the most exclusive parts of Potts Point. " it is understood that at the Metropole Hotel the Germans have been refused accommodation. A fewstayed there some two months ago; but, as the other visitors objected, they were given the hint to go. Since then none have been admitted, and whenever application is made for a room it is refused."?

2.   Is the statement correct?

3.   Ifso, are these prisoners of war being treated in the way stated at the expense of the Government?

4.   Will the Minister inform the Senate

Under what conditions such prisoners are allowed their liberty in Sydney?

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