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Thursday, 17 July 1930

Senator BARNES - The answers are -

1.   On the 24th June, i.e., a fortnight before Senator Elliott asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence his question regarding the relative strength of theMilitia Forces and Senior Cadets on the 31st May and 30th June last, the Minister for Defence made a statement, vide page 3090 of Hansard issued on the 20th June, 1930, indicating a probable temporary reduction in the strength of the Militia Forces and Senior Cadets, amounting to 12 per cent. or 15 per cent., owing to the discharge of those unable to fulfil their obligations to render efficient service, to changes of address and occupation, and other causes. That statement clearly explained the position regarding the satisfactory progress of recruiting, and indicated that although recruiting for the month of June might reach the same standard as for previous months, the total strength reached would be offset by the numbers it was anticipated would be discharged. There has been no reason to depart from the opinion previously expressed that satisfactory progress was being made.

On the basis of progress for the six months ended 30th June, 1930, the average monthly increase has been as follows: -


As stated in reply to 1, there is no reason to doubt that similar progress will be made for the ensuing six months. 3 and 4. Answers to these questions will be made as soon as the information is available.

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