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Wednesday, 8 September 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Assistant Minister for Defence) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: - 1, It is pointed out that an officer on war service is not entitled to demand a court martial.

The information asked for by the honorable member would not be available without a search of all Australian Imperial Force officers' records - a work entailing much labour and expense; and it is not considered that any useful purpose would be served thereby.

2.   No. Such inquiries are impracticable, owing to the lapse of time and the scattering of witnesses throughout Australia on demobilization. The cases of practically all officers returned for misconduct were previously investigated by the General Officer Commanding, Australian Imperial Force, or the General Officer Commanding, Australian Imperial Force, Egypt, as the case may be, and the officers were returned only on the approval of the General Officer Commanding concerned.

I may add that I consider it essential that General Officers Commanding should have power to dispense with the services of officers without bringing any special charge against them.

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