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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - Three different matters are dealt with by this clause. In the past we have had a medical examination of the boys of fourteen years of age. They are required- to be certified as fit for military training. It often happens that a boy is unable to pass the standard, but experience -has shown that it would be of benefit to him, and consequently to the nation, to require him to do the physical training. It would overcome' the actual defect for which he has been ..rejected. We are, therefore, amending the Act to enable us to accept such a lad fox physical training. ' A number of men were unable to pass the medical test during the war, but were put into camps of physical training, and in a few weeks were able to reach the medical standard. As the result of that experience, we are now. extending the principle to the Cadet Force, and this will- no doubt be of great benefit to many of our boys.

There is an exemption for school teachers from the requirements of military training so long as they are carrying out the duties of instructors of cadets. We want that exemption to be given only so long as they are instructing cadets. That is made clear by this clause. The third amendment is simply consequential on the abolition of district commandants, and the substitution of base-commandants.

Clause agreed to,

Clause 70 (Record of service and record books).

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