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Friday, 21 November 1941

Mr POLLARD (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for the Army: Why does Lieutenant Frank Packer, managing director of Australian Consolidated Press, receive so much leave as a member of theAustralian Imperial Force?Did he enlist on a special basis, which does not require him to perform someof the military duties that have to be performed by ordinary members of the Australian Imperial Force? Is he discharging special functions which necessitate his constant attendance at race meetings in Melbourne and Sydney? If not, how is he able to have himself so frequently photographed at such meetings? Will the Minister consider the granting of similar privileges to other members of the Australian Imperial Force?

Mr.FORDE.-The matter of the leave to be granted to officers and men is determined by the commanding officer of the division, and does not come within my purview.A report in connexion with the position held by Lieutenant Packer was obtained by my predecessor, who was advised by the commanding officer that this officer did not receive special consideration, but was given the leave usually granted to officers of his division. I shall have inquiries made, and advise the honorable member of the result.

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