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Wednesday, 29 June 1904

Mr CROUCH asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

r.   Has the Colonial Defence Committee of London recommended the Defence Department to abolish the Volunteer Forces of the Commonwealth, and that the composition of the Australian forces in future shall consist of the permanent and partially-paid members only.

2.   If so, when was such recommendation received, and will a copy of it be placed on the table of the House?

3.   Do the Government propose to adopt such proposal ?

Mr WATSON - The answers to the honorable and learned member's questions are as follow : -

1.   and 2. No.

3.   The Government do not propose to abolish the Volunteer Forces.

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