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Friday, 6 May 1921

Senator BAKHAP (for Senator Elliott) asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that, in consequence of the new organization of the Defence Force, certain new positions have been created in the Clerical Branch of the Defence Department?

2.   If such is the case,is it likewise a fact that certain clerks have been selected for promotion over the heads of seniormen?

3.   If so, as these positions would be new, and the clerks untried, on what grounds have these junior men been selected ?

Senator PEARCE - The answers are:-

1.   Yes. 2 and 3.. Representations on certain cases have been made to me by the President of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia, and I have appointed a returned officer not employed in the Department ofDefence to investigate and report tome thereon.

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