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Thursday, 14 August 1902

Mr E SOLOMON (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I desire to draw the attention of the Acting Prime Minister to a paragraph appearing in this morning's Age, in reference to the soldiers who returned by the Drayton Grange. It appears that the Western Australian Government were blamed for not allowing certain members of the returning contingent to land at Albany. As a matter of fact, the State Ministers gave every facility for their doing so, and the reasons why they were not landed at Albany are beyond their knowledge. They take exception, also, to a few words which are supposed to have fallen from the Minister for Home Affairs. I am assured that the honorable gentleman did not say what has been attributed to him. Perhaps the Acting Prime Minister will make a statement upon the subject here, in order that the denial may receive publicity.

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