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Thursday, 22 October 1914

Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   The attention of the Minister has not been previously drawn to the report of Major Rourke's speech.

2.   Social or political influence has not at any time affected the granting of exemptions which have been authorized by the Minister. Every case of exemption has been considered solely on its merits.

3.   The number of exemptions from military service granted are -

(a)   For year ended 31st July, 1913, 89,438.

(b)   For year ended 31st July, 1914, 108,940. (The latter number includes the former, and 19.502 of the quota born in 1900 who became subject to the Act from the 1st January, 1914.)

Senator Findley - Were those exemptions granted because of ill-health?

Senator PEARCE - No; most of them were granted because of distance from the training centre.

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