HC Deb 01 March 1938 vol 332 c899
26. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether, as there is no Italian Ambassador in Australia, he has been asked by the Commonwealth Government to request an explanation from the Italian Ambassador of the assault on a taximeter-cab driver in Melbourne by the crew of the Italian cruiser "Raimondo Montecuccoli"?

Mr. M. MacDonald

No request of the nature referred to by the hon. Member has been received from His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the fact that there is no Italian Ambassador in Australia, will not the Minister make inquiries into this incident, in which Italians from a warship brutally attacked a resident of Australia, an emigré Italian, and left him in a very badly beaten condition?

Mr. MacDonald

This is a matter for consideration by the Australian Ministers, and I understand they have it under consideration at the present time.