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Tuesday, 10 August 1926

Senator GUTHRIE - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence the following questions regarding the training of boys for the Australian Navy : -

1.   Has the Government definitely decided to scrap the Tingira training ship?

2.   Has it been decided to alter the age at which boys will be accepted for training, and, if so, why?

3.   Is it the intention of the Government that in future boys will not be accepted except between the ages of 17 and 21 years?

4.   If so, will such a system preclude any of the boys commencing their training at such a late age advancing to senior rank?

5.   Are the changes in the system of providing for the training of boys for the Australian Navy being made with the full approval or under the advice of the Navy . Board ?

6.   Did the Navy Board report against the advisability of training boys at' the Flinders Naval Base, and urge that they be trained at a separate base from that of grown men.

7.   If so, why is the advice of the Navy Board being ignored?

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - I propose making certain comments on the points raised by the honorable senator when discussing the budget papers, but in the meantime I ask him to place his question on the notice-paper.

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