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Tuesday, 29 May 1928

Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - The replies to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes; but the Minister directs the attention of the honorable member to General Anderson's letter in the Sydney Morning Herald of 22nd May, correcting in some important details the report of his lecture appearing in that newspaper's issue of the 19th May. The Minister desires to add that our system of military training may fall short of the ideal, but it is exaggeration to say thai it is "hopelessly and absurdly inadequate." There are severe limitations to what it is possible for C,000,000 people to do in the way of preparing for the defence of a vast island continent like Australia, but it is contended that the system of military organization and training which has been adopted in Australia and which provides a citizen force in nucleus form, capable of expansion in emergency, and serving in peace as the means of training leaders for war, is one that is eminently suited to our particular needs and circumstances. It must not be forgotten that the organization and training of an army is not all that is required. Provision for munitions of war is equally important, and in this respect much has been done during recent years by establishing factories for the manufacture of arms, armament and ammunition not hitherto made in Australia.

2.   The information asked for, so far as it is available in the department, is set out in the following table.


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