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Friday, 23 October 1931

Mr ELDRIDGE asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Has he seen a statement in the press to the effect that the leader of an organization styling itself "The New Guard" threatens that this body will intervene forcibly in industrial disputes?

2.   Has he seen a statement in the Daily Telegraph, Sydney, of the 19th October,in which it describes the members of the New Guard as being "trained"?

3.   Will he state what action the Government has taken or proposes to take to ascertain what precisely the word " trained " means, and whether the New Guard is under secret or open military training and organization?

4.   Will he state whether any steps have been taken to ascertain if military arms and equipment are being assembled by the New Guard ?

5.   Will he state whether the Government realizes that the operations of the New Guard are in the direction of inciting insurrection and violence, and whether the time has arrived for action to be taken by it to deal appropriately with the New Guard, and its parade of military organization and intent?

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