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Tuesday, 10 July 1906

Mr EWING (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as 'follow: -

1.   21st May, 1906.

2.   No; the Commanding Officer applied for, and was granted, special leave by the Commandant, as provided for in paragraph11 of Commonwealth Military Regulation, No. 202. The reason given for his absence was that he had arranged to deliver an address prior to receiving the date of the Commandant's inspection.

3.   The Minister is not aware that the Commanding Officer was so engaged.

4.   The Commandant states that in no case has leave from the Commandant's inspection been refused when such leave had been previously applied for. The case of the Warrnambool discharges is not analogous, as the Commanding Officer of the Field Artillery discharged the sixteen men for failing to become efficient, through non-attendance at an Easter camp of continuous training, not at a parade.


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