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Wednesday, 1 October 1902

Mr O'MALLEY (TASMANIA, TASMANIA) - Is there any truth in the rumour that the civil authority whom the Minister represents in the Defence department has become merely a recording stamp in the hands of the military authority, Major-General Hutton, and that in the re- . cess, when this House cannot interfere, a military man will be appointed.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - In view of the honorable member's questions the other day about offensive and defensive military operations, if I were about to appoint a military officer I might think of Kim. The question just' asked is not a fair one, because the honorable member knows that in this case, as in others, I have resisted the recommendations of the military authorities.

Mr PAGE - Is it the intention of the Minister to appoint this officer or is it not 1 I desire' a straightforward answer.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I am always glad to give a straightforward answer to a straightforward question. So far as I am concerned, he is not likely to be appointed.

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