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Wednesday, 16 December 1914

Senator BARNES (VICTORIA) - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence a question in reference to the award of cadetships at the Naval College. I understand that five appointments are to be made by means of examination from boys who are thirteen years of age. Some of the boys taking part in the examination are, I understand, nearly fourteen years of age, and the boys who are just thirteen years of age at present will not have another opportunity to compete. Will the Minister be prepared to appoint an additional number, say, two or three of the younger boys, who may not pass the examination, if their examination papers warrant that being done?

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