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Friday, 6 December 1912


Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - In this morning's

Age,there appears what purports to be a report of the discussion which took place in the Senate yesterday, on the motion of Senator McDougall, in regard to the officers of the Australian Defence Force. The following statement is attributed to the honorable senator -

English officers came here with a whole-souled contempt for Australian officers, whomthey considered^ to be "no class" socially. Senator Findley (V.) interposed, " That is a serious statement to make." Senator McDougall went on to say. that he was not afraid to speak his mind, and that the information had been given to him by officers.

The Minister of Defence (sternly) : 1 wish you would give me the names of the officers.

Senator McDougallreplied that it was no good disclosing the -names.

The way in which the incident is reported would make it appear thatI asked Senator McDougall for the names of the officers who gave him the information, whereas I think honorable senators will remember that what I asked for were the names of the British officers who made the statements to which he was referring.







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