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Friday, 29 April 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- The drift of the discussion, if the Minister's explanation is correct, and I do not doubt that it is, leads me to the conclusion that the Com"mittee, in agreeing to clause 9, "will deliberately do a great injustice to a number of valuable men in the military service. I take the case of men who volunteered for active service, but whose services in the organization of the Forces here were held to be so valuable that they were not permitted to go to the Front. Many of these men were actually looking for any opportunity to get away, but they were always met with the official- reply that their services were required in Australia. These requests to be allowed to go to the Front were made to such an extent that a regulation was issued preventing men soliciting permission to go abroad.

Senator Elliott - -Were officers prevented from going abroad right to the end of the war?

Senator GARDINER - There were many competent officers who, during the first two years of the war, were prevented from going to the Front.

Senator Elliott - I think that every one who wanted to go ultimately got away.

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