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Tuesday, 24 May 1904

Mr CROUCH (CORIO, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice - ,

1.   Does the Minister for Defence propose' to continue the new practice of demanding from each member of the Defence Force a statement of bis religious belief.

2.   Is the reason stated in the press that this practice has been adopted " so that military men can be buried properly, according to the religious rites of their own denomination," the correct reason for this new' departure,

3.   Are there greater reasons for proper burial under the Federal Commandant than there were under the State Commandants.

4.   Will any man who desires not to answer this question be permitted not to do so, under regulation officially issued.

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