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Wednesday, 10 September 1913

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I wish to ask the Minister of Defence the following questions without notice -

1.   Has the Minister decided to extend the right to wear the Scottish kilt as a military uniform to other members of the Defence Force than those already in possession of them, to whom permission to retain that uniform has already been granted ?

2.   If so, what qualification as to birth or parentage will be necessary to enable members of the Defence Force to wear Scottish kilts?

3.   Is it proposed to have regiments consisting soiely of persons of Scottish birth? 4.If so, how is it proposed to fit in such a proposal with the territorial scheme of organization laid down by Lord Kitchener's report?

5.   As, in addition to the Scottish regiments, there were Irish and English regiments with distinctive uniforms, is it proposed to extend the same privileges to them?

6.   Is it proposed to extend the same privilege to other sections of the British nation, such as Welsh or Cornish?

7.   Will the Government provide the uniforms, or will the members of these sectional regiments have to provide their own uniforms at their own expense ?

8.   Will the inability to purchase a uniform disqualify from membership of these regiments?

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