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Tuesday, 21 June 1904

Mr CROUCH (CORIO, VICTORIA) - In asking the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

Whether, in view of the decision of the Government not to recognise military rank off parade, the Minister of Defence will cause to be cancelled the following regulations, applying to the Militia and Volunteer Forces, made under the Defence Act 1903 : -

Part II., clause 19 - " Warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and men will salute all commissioned officers whom they know to be such, whether dressed in uniform or not."

Part V., clause 31 - "A member of the Citizen Forces shall be considered to be on duty although not in uniform."

I wish to add that on 1st March last I wrote to the Minister of Defence inquiring whether he was prepared to cancel these regulations, but received no reply.

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