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Friday, 21 November 1941

Senator BRAND asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   Did General Sir Thomas Blamey state publicly in Canberra that the rifle and bayonet are still the deciding factor in battle, other weapons being complementary ?

2.   If so, will the Minister direct that militia battalion commanders be authorized to draw from reserve stocks sufficient small arms ammunition to train their men instead of a quantity which is totally inadequate to ensure an infantry soldier having confidence in himself in action.

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