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Friday, 16 July 1915

Senator PEARCE - The statement is correct. Mr. MacArthur was an acting sergeant, and had passed the examination -for the position of lieutenant. I might add, for the information of the honorable senator, that I made the further statement that the man Dunnington, who had "been recommended by the Selection Com- mil;T,ee, and was referred to by them as a second lieutenant, was not a lieutenant, and was not even in the Commonwealth Military Forces, nor had he enlisted in the Expeditionary Forces.

Senator McDOUGALL - Arising out of the reply, can the Minister tell me if' Mr. MacArthur failed four times previously to get a commission?

Senator PEARCE - Mr. MacArthur did not .fail to get a commission, but he had applied for an . appointment to the Selection Committee, I understand, and- ' had been turned down by them.

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