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Wednesday, 9 June 1915

Mr BOYD (HENTY, VICTORIA) - I would like to ask the Assistant Minister of Defence if his attention has been called to a letter signed C. S. Robertson, which appeared in the Argus on Monday, in which the statement is made that there are a large number of expert riflemen in Victoria who are prepared to give their services free, so as to enable the troops to become expert shots before they leave for the front? Does the Minister propose to take any action to avail himself of the services of these expert riflemen?

Mr JENSEN - I shall bring the question under the notice of the Minister.

Mr CHANTER - In view of the considerable doubt in the minds of many who desire to enlist as to the provision to be made for their wives and children during their absence, will the Assistant Minister of Defence see that full notification is given in the newspapers as to the conditions in this regard ?

Mr JENSEN - I think it has been made widely known that the wives of all soldiers who go to the front are to have a separation allowance of 10s. a week, and each child under the age of sixteen an allowance of 2s. 6d. These facts are, I think, now being advertised.

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