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Thursday, 16 November 1939


Mr Martens (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) s asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that certain members of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force in camp at Redbank were recently discharged?

2.   If so, how many were discharged?

3.   What were the reasons for terminating their services?

4.   Is it a fact that these soldiers passed two medical examinations before going into camp?


Mr Street - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   Seventy-two.

3.   On account of medical unfitness.

4.   No. They were examined by a medical officer prior to attestation and subsequently re-examined by a medical board whilst in camp at Redbank.


Mr Martens s asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been drawn to allegations made regarding maggoty meat, the prevalence of dysentery, and disgusting sanitary arrangements at Redbank military camp?

2.   If so, what action has been taken to investigate the complaints and to improve camp conditions ?


Mr Street - I have ascertained from the military authorities that there have been no instances of maggoty or affected meat having been cooked, nor has there been any dysentery in the camp. The camp sanitary conditions are reported by medical authority to be satisfactory. In all cases meat received in camp has been inspected by the prescribedRation Board. In one instance, approximately 820 lb. of meat was condemned by a medical officer, its condition undoubtedly being due to the heat. It was immediately replaced by the contractor.







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