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Wednesday, 24 February 1932

Mr NAIRN (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - An officer of the volunteer forces in Perth states, in the course of a letter to me -

In Western Australia since the inauguration of voluntary training some 500 or more men have volunteered, but only about 200 have been accepted.

I ask the Assistant Minister for Defence if it is true that for some months voluntary enlistment has been actively discouraged by the Defence Department; if so, does the present Government propose to continue that policy?

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