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Wednesday, 12 May 1915

Mr JENSEN - The honorable member was good enough to forward to the Minister of Defence an intimation of his intention to ask this question, and my honorable colleague has furnished the following reply : -

Arrangements had already been made for a small proportion to be allowed to go in the Australian Imperial Force.

The Government, however, has recently offered for service abroad a unit of the Royal Australian Artillery, and the offer has been accepted. During the continuance of this war our Garrison Artillery Forces have been mobilized at the various defended forts of Australia, and have had no opportunity of seeing service. They could not be allowed to go, because it is difficult to replace skilled gunners. Now, however, the situationhas changed, and it was considered advisable to give our only permanent regiment, the Royal Australian Artillery, an opportunity for those allotted to garrison duty to do their share abroad.

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