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Wednesday, 17 June 1914

Senator STEWART (QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister of Defence whether his attention has been directed to a letter which appeared in the Age of 13th June, signed " Heidelberg, 1913," in which there appears the following statement: -

Not long ago it was shown that a senior officer had been drunk, and had given junior trainees intoxicating liquor at camp. The Ministerhas rewarded that officer with promotion whilst the officer who reported the occurrence has had to resign his commission.

Has the Minister seen the letter referred to? Did such an occurrence take place? Was it reported? Has the officer who reported it since been asked to resign his commission, and has the officer who is said to have been implicated in the affair been promoted?

Senator MILLEN - I have not seen the letter referred to, but if the honorable senator will place it in my hands, T shall endeavour to obtain the detailed information which he seeks.

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