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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr DRAKEFORD - A. decision was made not recently but some time ago not to grant a request for the provision by the Government of uniforms for the Air Cadets Training Corps. I know of no ruling to prevent the wearing of a uniform, or apparel that could be considered a uniform, if it were purchased by members of the corps. The cadets are permitted to wear badges.

Mr Spender - Why does the Government refuse to grant that permission if the cadets undertake to enter the Royal Australian Air Force on attaining the age of 18 years?

Mr DRAKEFORD - Statistics which have been supplied to me, disclose no evidence that recruiting is discouraged. Boys are eager to joint the Air Cadets Training Corps, notwithstanding the alleged disadvantages to which the honorable member for Wilmot referred.

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