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WAR FUNDS

MINISTER'S STATEMENT.

CHRISTCHURCH, April 2£. The Hon. G. W. Russell, replying to the criticism by the Christch.un.ih, Returned Soldiers' Association at his refusal <to .sanction the transfer of £3000 from the Lady-Liverpool Fund to the Soldiers' Club Building Fund, said that the veto was imposed on the direct advice of 'the Solicitor-General. The purpose of the Lady Liverpool Fund having ceased, it came'under the War Funds Act automatically. The Actmade no provision ibr such a transfer, and he would not create a precedent.

Mr Russell adds that patriotic funds totalled £1,700,000, raised for the benefit of soldiers and their dependents. The funds should be maintained as a. sacred heritage, but there' ■ was undoubtedly hoarding, and lie "would shorty publish a statement of the funds of over £10,000, showing the revenue received, the amount paid over for the last year, and the credit balance' This would be an eye-opener for the people, and especially for the soldiers, who should seek to protect the funds and should-have more direct control or partnership in the management. He hoped: increased representation of soldiers on the War Funds' Coaneil would soon be sriven.".

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WAR FUNDS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919

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WAR FUNDS Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919

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