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Thursday, 31 May 1928

Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - On 29th May the honorable member for Capricornia (Mr. Forde) asked the following questions : -

1.   What is the total annual cost of compulsory military training in Australia?

2.   How is this cost made up?

3.   How many fully paid officers and instructors are there?

4.   How many of such officers and instructors are ex-members of the Australian Imperial Forces ?

5.   How many trainees are there in each State?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member as follows: - 1 and 2. Owing to the arrangement of Army Estimates whereby combined provision is spread over practically the whole of the votes for what may be termed the overhead and general expenses applicable to any system of training, such as pay of the Administrative and Instructional Stan's, Ordnance and Pay Services, &c. vide Estimates page 145, 171, 230, 237, 375, 391, it is not practicable to state the whole cost of compulsory military training in the Commonwealth. The ex penditure for 1926-27, under the votes which specially relate to universal training is as follows : -


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