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Thursday, 20 June 1946

Mr FORDE - The Government has authorized the re-establishment of rifle clubs as from the 1st 'July, 1946. Thu departmental organization for the administration of the rifle 'club movement will be on the lines in force before 1931, when the rifle clubs were a civil movement under a Secretariat of the Department of Defence. This is in accordance with the request of the Commonwealth Council of Rifle Associations, and also has the approval of the Military Board. This decision to re-establish rifle clubs as from the 1st July, 1946, was notified to the Commonwealth Council of Rifle Associations on the 17th May last, and a meeting of the council was held in Melbourne on the 20th and 2lst May with a view to taking the necessary action to give effect to the Government's decision.

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