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Wednesday, 11 December 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I can only say that I should like to remind the writer of that letter that Area Officers are citizens. They do not give up their citizen rights. They are not our permanent employes, and one pf the stipulations of trie contract made with us is that they shall have the full rights of citizenship. They have the right to go to a public meeting, and take any part in it which the Jaw allows them to take. If they misbehave themselves, they can be proceeded against in the ordinary way. I do not know the circumstances, but if the honorable senator will give me the letter 1' shall have inquiries made.

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