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Friday, 13 December 1912

Senator RAE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister of Defence yet received any report from the Military authorities in Sydney concerning the flogging of a cadet at the Sydney Grammar School ? Will a report or statement be permitted from the parent or the boy concerned ?

Senator PEARCE - When the honorable senator questioned me on this subject, I at once directed that a telegram should be sent to the District Commandant in New South Wales, instructing him to expedite the forwarding of a. report. Yesterday I received from him a telegram stating that the delay had been occasioned by his regarding the reports of the officers concerned as unsatisfactory, and referring them back to them-; but that a report would be completed and forwarded on that day. Probably it will be delivered at the Barracks here between 3 and 4 o'clock, and may not reach me before the Senate adjourns. Of course, until it comes forward, I cannot know what it contains.

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