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Friday, 14 May 1915

Mr WISE (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) asked the Assistant Minister, representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   How many nurses have been sent to the war since the despatch of the First Contingent in the Kyarra?

2.   How many are now under orders to go?

3.   How, by whom, and on what basis is the selection made?

4.   Were all the nurses who have tendered their services interviewed before the selection was made?

Mr JENSEN - The answers to the honorable member's questions are -

1.   Forty-six for Australian Forces; fifty for Imperial Government.

2.   One hundred and thirty for Australian Forces; fifty for Imperial Government.

3.   By Principal Medical Officer and Matron of Military District. Orders were that nurses were not to be chosen from one or two training schools, but that consideration was to bc given to nurses from all first-class training schools, both town and country.

4.   The Acting Director-General of Medical Services cannot state whether this has been done or not, but does not think it practicable to do so except at great inconvenience and expense.

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