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Thursday, 8 September 1904

Mr KING O'MALLEY (DARWIN, TASMANIA) asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is there any truth in the rumour that he intends securing some military officers from Great Britain?

2.   If so, is it owing to the superiority of the European officer over the Australian ; or is it an admission of the incompetency of the Australian officer?

3.   In the light of the South African experience during the Boer war, and the alleged failure of the European officers as compared with the brilliant success of the Australian officers, is the Minister justified in filling the military positions (which many people think rightfully belong to Australians) with Europeans?

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