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Thursday, 26 July 1906

Senator PULSFORD(New South

Wales) [3.59]. - I move -

That theBill be now read a secondtime.

The Bill which I have the honour to ask the Senate to read a second time, though small, is of considerable importance. I judge that any measure isof importance that deals with the Military Forces of the Commonwealth. This Bill is calculated to make our army, as a fighting machine, more efficient for the purposes for which it is established. It is on that around that I especially ask the support of the Senate. I am thoroughly alive to the feeling which I suppose every honorable senator entertains in favour of giving fullplay to personal liberty. But when we have before us the precedent of a liberty-loving nation such as the United States, with a population of 80,000,000, abolishing the canteen system. and doing their best to repress drinking customs in the army, we need not be alarmed by the statements made or the arguments used against the present proposal.

Senator Col Neild - President Roosevelt is against the abolition of the canteen system.

Senator Croft - Will this Bill prevent drinking in the army ?

Senator Col Neild - No; it will send men abroad to drink.

Senator Trenwith - It will send the men out of camp to drink.

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