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Thursday, 5 March 1942

Mr FORDE - I had already received a complaint somewhat similar to thai made by the honorable member, and had asked for a report on the subject. The information conveyed to me was that rifles received were immediately put into use. Certain weapons other than service rifles have been impressed in some districts. An instruction has been given that they are to be made available for guard purposes in rear positions, in order that the service rifles now being used by such guards may be made available to the troops. I shall ask for a further report and furnish to the honorable member with any additional information on the subject that I can make available.

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