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Wednesday, 29 April 1931

Senator BARNES - I am now in a position to inform the honorable senator that an investigation has been made into the matter. The records available indicate that the origin, of the printed diagram in question dates back to 1908, when the then Prime Minister approved of the issue of instructions regarding the Australian flag on lines suggested by Mr. Wilson Dobbs, of Toorak, Melbourne. The papers on the subject contain a copy of a letter to Mr. Wilson Dobbs, dated the 12th June, 1908, signed by Mr. Atlee Hunt, Secretary, Department of External Affairs, to that effect. In order that the diagram may be revised, where necessary, to conform exactly to the approved design, it has been found necessary to communicate with the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, London, with a view to detailed . measurements being obtained. In the meantime, the printed information concerning the flag, for which there has been little demand, will be withheld from issue.

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