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Thursday, 4 August 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   What are the nature and subject of the new Legal Department proposed to be constituted in connexion with the Department for Defence?

2.   Will the Minister state how many officers it is proposed to appoint directly or indirectly in consequence of the proposed new Department, and what salaries it is proposed to pay them?

3.   Will such salaries be paid irrespective of the work performed by them or will they be paid in -accordance with work actually performed ?

4.   Will any other duties in the Military Forces be assigned to them whilst not engaged in work of a legal character?

5.   What is the total annual estimated expenditure in the new Department, including salaries ?

6.   From previous experience in times of peace, how many courts martial are likely to be dealt with annually?

7.   In view of the great necessity for economy at present, will the Minister agree to postpone making any appointments under the new scheme until Parliament has had an opportunity of discussing it in detail?

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