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Wednesday, 21 July 1915


Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   28,988.

2.   £500,068.

3.   There are in Australia at present 0,600 horses which have been purchased for the Australian Imperial Force, and will be used later for new units and reinforcements.


Senator MAUGHAN asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   The number of men enlisted in Queensland from the outbreak of the war to 30th June, 1915, for service in the Expeditionary Forces - naval and military ?

2.   The number of men rejected by virtue of physical unfitness?

3.   The percentage of enrolment of volunteers to the total adult male population of the various States of the Commonwealth?


Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   Military, 11,281. Naval, 127.

2.   Not available. Some men have been rejected several times. Returns would be required from all mayors, shire presidents, and recruiting centres in the military district. This would entail a large amount of work, but the information obtained would be of little use to the Department. In addition, accurate records have probably not been kept by local authorities.

 


Senator MAUGHAN asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

The number of volunteers accepted in Queensland for service in the Expeditionary Forces of the age of nineteen years and under?


Senator PEARCE - This information is not available. To obtain same it would be necessary to classify the men according to age, by making out a return for each unit and obtaining a summary. This work cannot conveniently be undertaken at present.

ENGAGEMENT OF MR. R. McC. ANDERSON.


Senator MAUGHAN asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is Mr. R. McC. Anderson still in the employ of the Commonwealth Government?

2.   What is the total amount of remuneration paid to this gentleman to 30th June, 1915?

3.   In view of the important functions undertaken by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts, is it considered necessary to retain Mr. Anderson's services ?


Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   Yes.

2.   Defence Department, £302; PostmasterGeneral's Department, £507 13s.; total, £809 13s.

3.   Yes.







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