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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) - The Government is guided by its military advisers in deciding whether mechanized units are preferable to cavalry units, and it will continue to act upon their advice. However, the suggestions made by Sir Harry Chauvel will receive attention. Regarding the establishment of branches of the

Volunteer Defence Corps in industrial undertakings, I said, in the course of a statement, that certain war establishments had been approved for the recruitment of members of the Volunteer Defence Corps, and that decision meant that the numerical strength of the corps throughout Australia would be more than doubled. I also stated that in the formation of branches of the Volunteer Defence Corps in factories, preference would be given to those concerns that could he regarded as military objectives. In the enrolment of members of the Volunteer Defence Corps, preference is rightly given to those strategical areas which are considered to be most vulnerable. All the suggestions made by the honorable member will be taken into consideration.







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