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Thursday, 14 December 1905


Mr EWING (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - In reply to questions asked by the honorable members for Maranoa, Bland, and Moreton, in regard to the appointment of Colonel Lyster to the position of Commandant of Queensland, I have been furnished with the following statement : -

Colonel Lyster has been temporarily appointed Commandant of Queensland during this absence on leave, of Colonel Plomer.

The Minister has clearly intimated that this temporary appointment creates no claim to the permanent appointment. Colonel Lyster was the Officer Commanding referredto in the Drayton Grange Royal Commission's Report. The late G.O.C. reported that Colonel Lyster's administration as Commandant of South Australia for a period of eight months was not successful, and recommended bis transfer to the position of Chief Staff Officer in New South Wales, where he has been since January, 1904. He is the senior permanent officer now not holding command. The InspectorGeneral was not consulted. Such appointments come under the consideration of the Military Board. Before making any permanent appointment as Commandant of Queensland,the Minister will







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