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Thursday, 23 October 1913

Senator McDOUGALL asked the Min ister of Defence, upon notice -

Has the following paragraph appearing in the Sydney Sun newspaper been brought under his notice : -


"White Ensign Worked in Tokio. " It is difficult to imagine a large party of

British and Australian Naval and Military officers sitting at tables decorated with miniature flags of the Royal Navy that had been made in Japan. Yet, at the Sun office, there is a miniature white ensign - the flag of Great Britain's Navy - with the imprint ' Made in Japan.' It is mounted on a yellow and black stick. The flag was taken out of a handsome floral decoration in which red and white Australian-grown roses made up the design of a ship at last night's banquet. " And the Australian Government was paying for these things"?

If so, will he see that in future where the taxpayers' money is expended in floral and flag decorations at banquets preference will be gives to Australian workmen to provide the table decorations?

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