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Thursday, 19 July 1906

Mr EWING (Richmond) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I have had an opportunity of discussing the subject-matter of this Bill with the Minister of Defence and the Prime Minister, and both have assured me that thev are in full sympathy with the end desired to be attained. They feel that at the present time, in view of the efforts of the Government to promote a citizen soldiery, and especially having regard to the fact that the boys of the nation, as cadets, may possibly be brought into contact with military matters in a way that has not previously been the case, there is a special obligation laid upon the Government in this regard. There is no need' for me to labour the question. It has been ably stated by the mover and seconder of the motion, and it only remains for me to repeat that the Minister of Defence and the Prime Minister are in agreement with the proposal, that personally it has my warmest sympathy, and that I am therefore prepared to agree to the Bill proceeding into Committee.

Mr. KELLY(Wentworth) r.3.28].- It is a matter for congratulation that the Bill before the House is absolutely non-party in its aspects, and! that all sections of the House are not only in sympathy with it, but are anxious that the object at which it aims shall not be defeated. I have risen to suggest to the honorable members in charge of the Bill the advisableness of taking into consideration its possible effect upon the Victoria Barracks, Sydney. I make this suggestion in no hostile spirit to the Bill. As honorable members may know, the Victoria Barracks are in one of the most crowded parts of Sydney, and the consideration I wish to put before the House is that if the men are prevented from obtaining liquor in the canteen they will secure it outside.

Mr Ewing - Hear, hear; that is true.

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