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Thursday, 28 April 1921

Senator MILLEN (TASMANIA) . - I listened to Senator Elliott with some interest, but it appears to me that there is another aspect to the case which he quoted. Let me state it. I had on my scientific staff in Tasmania . a young fellow who had been appointed as a Rhodes scholar. He had just completed his .work at Oxford when the war broke out, and as he could not come back to Australia .he promptly enlisted im the British Army, where he served with distinction, rose to the rank of major, and got the Military Cross. We must- have some provision .in our legislation to give such men a chance when they come back to Australia. This young man's whole military training was outside of the Australian imperial Force, but he was nevertheless a distinguished military officer, and we should provide for him and others who may be of material advantage, from a military point of view, to this country. He left Australia, not. with the idea of losing his Australian citizenship, but to train in one of the great Universities of the world. I am in entire sympathy with the Minister.

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