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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator BROWN (Queensland) . - -Can the Minister say whether additional assistance has been granted to gliding clubs, and whether the number of such clubs has increased? The need for developing an air sense in our people justifies every encouragement being given to gliding clubs.

Yesterday Senator Brand referred to the pay of men in the volunteer force. I should like to know whether there is any possibility of additional payments being made, and whether men who attend training camps are sometimes compelled to leave before the training ceases, because their employers require their services.

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [12.5]. - In the last budget provision was made for gliding clubs. I cannot say to what extent the clubs have taken advantage of the funds made available for that purpose.

The rate of pay of members of the volunteer force is a matter of Government policy. The whole subject of citizen force training is under consideration by the Government, and its policy in this connexion will he announced in the budget proposals.

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