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Thursday, 4 June 1903

Mr L E GROOM (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - I wish to draw the attention of the Minister for Defence to the disbanding of the Queensland Teachers' Volunteer Corps, and particularly to bring under his notice the account which appears in the Brisbane Courier of the 2nd J une. It appears that the corps has been in existence about eleven years, and about 417 State teachers have passed through its ranks, so that it has done very useful work for the State. I think it was the desire of honorable members that, incutting down the Estimates, retrenchment should not take place in connexion with useful bodies of this kind, so much as in the permanent military staff. I will not go into the details of the case, but I shallbe pleased if the Minister will inquire into the matter, and make some statement to the House in regard to it at a later date.

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