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Thursday, 4 April 1946

Mr FORDE - As the result of deputations that waited upon me and representations from the honorable member and a number of other honorable members representing different parts of Australia, the matter of rifle clubs has been considered by the Cabinet, and the principle of their re-establishmenthas been agreed to. The subject will bedealt with in a further Cabinet agendum that I hope to submit to Cabinet at an early date.Outstanding matters include the details of thenew organization and an estimate of the annual expenditure involved. The Government fully appreciates the patriotic spirit that has moved many thousands of men throughout Australia to join rifle clubs in the past. I assure the honorable gentleman that I have every sympathy with the representations that he has made.

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