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Friday, 6 December 1912

Senator GUTHRIE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Will the Minister of Defence tell me what would be the position of these officers under the Defence regulations if their names were divulged?

Senator PEARCE - The divulging of the names of the officers would enable me to ascertain whether they had made statements reflecting on either the Administra tion or the Defence Forces, of" which they are at present a part.

Senator GUTHRIE - Would they be subject to a court martial for giving the information?

Senator PEARCE - I cannot say whether the regulations provide for a court martial in such a case, but they would certainly provide a means of dealing with officers who made statements reflecting upon either brother officers, or the Forces as a whole.

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