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Wednesday, 21 April 1915

Senator BLAKEY (VICTORIA) - Has the attention of the Minister of Defence been drawn to the following paragraph in yesterday's Argus entitled "Soldiers in Hospital; Complaints of Misconduct " ?

GEELONG, Monday. - The doings of certain soldiers in the military hospital at Osborne House are the subject of much comment in the city. Insubordination is said to be common amongst the men, and it is stated that the superintendent and the staff have much difficulty in dealing with offenders. Residents of North Geelong, in whose territory the hospital is situated, complain of misconduct. On Sunday afternoon a contingent of girls visited the institution, and an officer subsequently found a dance in progress. An orderly had occasion to check one of the soldiers, and an exchange of words led to a fight. The question of leave is a sore point with a section of the men.

Will the Minister make inquiries to see whether the allegations are true or otherwise, and take the necessary steps ?

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