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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator BARKER (Victoria) .- I certainly think that the amendment proposed by the Vice-President of the Executive Council is not one which we can support from a Democratic point of view.' I think that if an individual passes the prescribed ex amination he should be qualified without further ado. If, in addition to passing that test, he has to be recommended by the Governor-General in Council, he may be precluded from obtaining that to which' be is entitled. We should certainly open the door, as the Minister has stated, to all persons with brains. We should establish the Military College on the widest and most Democratic lines possible. No restriction should be put on any person desirous of entering the institution. But if, after a man has passed the test, his appointment has to depend on a recommendation from the Governor-General in Council, that will mean nothing but redtapism, and must lead to a lot of intrigue. It can serve no good purpose. If it is intended to guard against the admission of persons who are undesirable, surely the usual precautions taken to ascertain the character of an applicant are ample.

Senator Mcdougall - Suppose that too many applications are made.

Senator BARKER - That has nothing to do with the issue. If rules, for a competitive examination are laid down, and it is passed by certain persons, why should they be barred? We demand that the freest opportunity shall be afforded to persons to secure these positions without the intervention of red-tape. I disagree with the amendment moved by the Vice-President of the Executive Council, and will vote for the deletion of the words, " and is recommended by the Governor-General in Council."

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