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Tuesday, 14 August 1906

Mr HUTCHISON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Does the Minister for Defence consider that a man who has been expelled from the Perth Stock Exchange for dishonorable conduct is fit to hold a Commission in the Commonwealth Military Forces?

2.   As it is a fact that Lieutenant Alexander

John Russell, of the Perth Highlanders, was so expelled, and further, as shown by the Court records, evaded payment of a debt of some £400, why has his Commission not been can celled?

3.   Why is Lieutenant Russell being treated differently to Lance-Sergeant John Hanks, who when sued by his Commanding Officer did pay the sum of £1018s. 6d. ?

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