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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator J V McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - All training should be done in the employers' time, because it is the employers' interests and property which would be protected in the event of a war That is the only way in which the Government can expect to obtain a large number of recruits.

Senator McLeay - Not if they were all like the honorable senator.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - Did the honorable senator serve in the Great War?

Senator McLeay - No.

Senator Duncan-Hughes - Senator McLeay offered his services; he could not do more.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - I suppose Senator McLeay's modesty prevents him from saying that he was included in the 200,000 whose services were declined. Large numbers of recruits would be available if they could' be assured that in the event of war their services would be utilized to protect their country instead of safeguarding the interests of the wealthy class. Universal training has not been reintroduced because until recently the ruling classes in this country have been under the impression that another international conflict is unlikely. Compulsory military training which was abolished some years ago lias not been reintroduced.

Senator Duncan-Hughes - It has not been abolished; it was suspended by the Labour party.

Senator J.V. MacDONALD.Exactly, with the support of the people on the honorable senator's side.

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