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Friday, 27 November 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - On the 19th November, Senator DuncanHughes asked the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   What was the strength of the Commonwealth Military Forces (Militia) by arms on the 15th November, 1030 f

2.   What was the number of enlistments during the period 1st July, 1930, to 15th November, 1930 ?

3.   What was the number of discharges in the same period?

4.   What has been the cost of the recruiting campaign to date?

The Minister for Defence has supplied the following answers : - ]. The strength of the Commonwealth Military .Forces (Militia) by arms, as at the 30th September, 1930 (the latest figures available) (by arms) was as under: -

2.   'Hie number of enlistments effected for the period the 1st July, 1930, to the 30th September, 1.930, was 5,512.

This is the latest period for which total enlistments are available.

3.   The number of discharges during the same period was 2,091. From figures which are available at Army Head-quarters, the 2,091 discharges for the quarter ended the 30th September, 1930, are made up approximately as under : -


Miscellaneous discharges include the following reasons: - At own request; age for retirement reached; services no longer required; unfit for duties.

4.   The exact information desired is not understood, but the expenditure specifically incurred for printing, propaganda and publicity in connexion with the recruiting scheme to the 31st October, 1936, was £1,225. The expenditure was kept within well denned limits considering the extensive and comprehensive scheme undertaken. This limitation was made possible only because of the effective co-operation of the press, broadcasting stations (national and commercial), government departments (Commonwealth and State) , and the many numerous citizens' committees, all of which have rendered assistance and practical help without charge to the Defence Department.

No special record is maintained of any other activities in connexion with recruiting and any expenditure incurred apart from propaganda and publicity is merged in the expenditure under the ordinary votes.

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