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Friday, 15 December 1905


Senator PLAYFORD - A Promotion Board has been appointed, with the InspectorGeneral as its chairman. During the absence of Colonel Plomer on leave for three months, Colonel Lyster has been appointed temporarily to take charge of the forces in Queensland. He has not been promoted to any higher rank; he will retain his present position at the same salary, and will only do the work of an officer who is on leave of absence.


Senator MATHESON - Is it not a fact that Colonel Plomer is on three months' leave of absence pending his retirement, and is the Senate to understand that an appointment to the position of Commandant is not promotion to an officer who does not hold that office?


Senator PLAYFORD - Colonel Lyster has not been promoted to the position of Commandant of a State, but has only been asked to take charge of the forces of Queensland while its Commandant is on leave of absence. If eventually he is to be promoted to the position of a Commandant, and it is necessary that the matter should go before the Promotion Board, of course it will.


Senator MATHESON - Is it not a fact that Colonel Plomer has practically retired; that he will not return to Queensland after the three months' leave has expired ?


Senator PLAYFORD - Undoubtedly. Colonel Lyster will fill the position of Commandant in Queensland during Colonel Plomer's leave of absence, without increase of pay, without any promotion, and without any promise of getting promotion, when the position falls vacant upon the retirement of Colonel Plomer.







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