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Thursday, 20 October 1904

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable and learned member had a perfect right to ask a question of the Minister, who has a perfect right, if he pleases, to answer it. I hope that honorable members will not interject further questions which maw possibly prevent the Minister, in some cases, from giving the replies he desires. If honorable members desire supplementary information they can seek it by asking further questions after the Minister has resumed his seat.

Mr McCAY - As I was about to say, there are, in the Victorian Forces, chaplains representing the Church of England, the Presbyterian Church, the Methodist Church, and the Roman Catholic Church. There may be others, but I do not know of them. Probably there is also a representative of the Congregational Church.

Mr Crouch - No, there is not. Dr. Bevan was retired some time ago.

Mr McCAY - At any rate, such churches as have chaplains in the Forces are to be invited to send representatives to take part in the ceremony. I think I have taken every reasonable precaution that could be observed to insure that no procedure shall be followed that could give rise to any just criticism on the ground of preference or injury to any one church.

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