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Friday, 3 August 1906

Mr KELLY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is the Deputy Adjutant-General responsible to the Minister for the state of efficiency of the forces ?

2.   Is it the duty of the Inspector-General to report to the Minister on the state of efficiency of the forces, for which the Deputy AdjutantGeneral is responsible?

3.   Does the Minister think that if the same officer occupies both these positions, his verdict on his own administration would be absolutely unbiased ?

Mr EWING - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   No. The Standing Orders provide that District Commandants will be responsible for the efficiency of the troops under their respective commands.

2.   Under the regulations the Inspector-General reports upon the efficiency of the troops, for which efficiency District Commandants are responsible.

3.   The Minister does not anticipate that the conditions contemplated by the honorable member are likely to arise.

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