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Thursday, 10 November 1938

Mr CASEY (Corio) (Treasurer) . - I move -

That the House do now adjourn.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) wishes me to announce that a sub-committee of Cabinet has been appointed to lead a campaign for raising the strength of the militia forces of the Commonwealth to 70,000 men. A campaign will be conducted throughout Australia to obtain volunteers. The sub-committee of Cabinet will be under the chairmanship of the Minister for External Affairs (Mr. Hughes), the other members being the Minister for Civil Aviation (Mr. Thorby) and the Minister for Defence (Mr. Street). Because the task before the Commonwealth Government constitutes a challenge, the organization proposes to get in touch with every part of the life of the Australian community. The Prime Minister is confident that when Australia is put to the test in a great voluntary effort of this sort, the drive for security through a substantial increase of the number enrolled under -the voluntary system will be successful. The Minister for External Affairs left Canberra to-day for Sydney in order to arrange details of the campaign there, whilst the Minister for Defence has left for Melbourne on a similar mission.

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