Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Wednesday, 13 July 1904

Mr CROUCH (CORIO, VICTORIA) - A statement appears in this morning's newspapers to the effect that Brigadier-General Finn is to be reappointed at the expiration of his present term of "office, which concludes shortly. I should like to know whether the Government have resolved upon this course in consequence of the opinion expressed by Major-General Hutton in his last annual report, as follows : -

After twelve years' experience I am strongly of opinion that Australian officers, unaided by assistance from the Imperial Army, whether as Commandants or as members of an Army Council, would find it most difficult, if not impossible, to enforce the requisite discipline in face of local political pressure and personal influence.

Suggest corrections