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Wednesday, 5 May 1915

Mr HUGHES - I am aware that in certain cases naturalized Germans have been debarred from earning their livelihood, and I believe that in some cases these men are married to British subjects. I have no doubt, also, that in some cases the effect of this prohibition has been to place both the man and his wife and family in very unfortunate circumstances ; but, although one feels in such a case that action of some sort ought to be taken, it is very difficult to decide what action is proper in the circumstances. I can only say that I will bring the matter before the Government as such, with a view to seeing how far it is possible to proceed by way of assisting the families of those persons who are, by some act on the part of their fellow workmen - it is, I presume, to such action that the honorable member refers-

Mr Fenton - To a large extent that is so.

Mr HUGHES - I will bring the matter before the Government to see what can be done.

Mr McWilliams - Will the Minister make some provision for Australians who are prevented by the same people from earning their living?

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