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Wednesday, 21 August 1912

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - No arrangement is made by the Department itself for the establishment of fife and drum bands in connexion with the Defence Forces;. but every encouragement is given to voluntary effort by the cadets in that direction.

Senator VARDON - What does the Minister mean by the phrase "every encouragement " ? Is it a financial, or a kind of moral support which is given to the cadets?

Senator PEARCE - In order that I may give a definite reply to the latter part of the question, I ask the honorable senator to give notice of it.

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