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Tuesday, 29 November 1938


Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) .- The memorandum which the Minister for Defence (Mr. Street) has supplied contains some interesting data regarding rifle clubs. In Queensland there is a waiting list of men who desire to join rifle clubs, and a number of prospective clubs only await authority for their formation. As the Minister's statement indicates a decline of the number of rifle clubs and their membership, I should like to -know why new clubs cannot be formed in Queensland, and why extra men are not allowed to join existing clubs. In paragraph 39 of the Minister's memorandum it is stated that whereas the number of rifle clubs last year was 1,178 there are now only 1,152 - a decrease of 26 clubs - whilst their strength had diminished from 50,241 men last year to 46,911 on the 30th June last - a decrease of 3,330.


Mr Street - During the year sixteen new clubs were formed, and 37 were disbanded.


Mr FRANCIS - Then why cannot existing clubs add to their membership? There is financial provision for a membership of 50,000. I hope that when he replies the Minister will give this information. Although I have read the memorandum carefully, I have not noticed any indication of a change of policy in regard to the system of training, or any provision for the extra payment of the additional 35,000 men whom it is hoped will join the militia. Is it proposed to grant efficiency pay and deferred pay to those trainees who complete three years' training?


Mr Street - They are not covered by these Estimates.


Mr FRANCIS - Does the Minister intend to make a statement on this suggestion at an early date?


Mr Street - Yes.


Mr FRANCIS - Then I shall say no more at this stage.







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