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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - When the questions were asked I promised to make inquiries. The facts are as follow : -

On the 16th September, the Area Officer, Albury, Lieut. Fitz-Gerald applied for permission to prosecute Cadet Clark. No approval was given, and it was pointed out to the area officer that the offence appeared to be a breach of the Police Offences Act, as the offence alleged was not committed on parade. The area officer apparently took this as an authority to take action under the Police Offences Act, and prosecuted accordingly.

Instructions were issued on the 17th August that no action was to be taken against Cadets in Civil Courts by their commanding officers or adjutants as provided by the Defence Act no without the authority of the District Commandant, which in this case was not given.

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