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Wednesday, 21 October 1903


Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - I desire to ask the Minister for Defence a question with regard to the report that the General Officer Commanding has issued an order compelling the clerks in the Defence Department to join the militia and wear a military uniform. This order is strongly objected to. I wish to know whether the action of the General Officer Commanding has been approved by the Minister.


Sir John Forrest - I think that the order referred to relates to military clerks only.


Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - I am informed that it extends to officers who arc under the control of the Public Service Commissioner.







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