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Thursday, 29 April 1915

Mr FISHER (Wide Bay) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) .- With the permission of the House, I desire to make a brief statement. Some days ago the Australian War Expeditionary Forces were transferred from Egypt to the Dardanelles. They have since landed, and have been in action on the Gallipoli Peninsula. News reaches us that the action is proceeding satisfactorily. I am pleased to be able to read the following cablegram received to-day from the Secretary of State for the Colonies: -

HisMajesty's Government desire me to offer you their warmest congratulations on the splendid gallantry and magnificent achievement of your contingent in the successful progress of the operations at the Dardanelles.

To this the following reply has been despatched through His Excellency the Governor-General: -

The Government and people of Australia are deeply gratified to learn that their troops have won distinction in their first encounter with the enemy. Wo are confident that they will carry the King's colours to further victory.'

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