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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr CURTIN - Will the Minister for Defence assist me to understand a communication which he has addressed to me ? Why is it that an officer . who served in the Royal Australian Navy as a cadet midshipman, and was therefore a very junior officer, -whose appointment "was terminated owing to unsatisfactory conduct, cannot be allowed to re-enter the Naval Service 'because of his record, whereas the same objections do not apply to his joining the Army, the Air Force or the Militia? Why is there this distinction between the various arms of the Defence Forces, and why is it that persons of lower moral calibre 'are 'apparently more acceptable in the Army, Militia, and Air Force than in the Navy?

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