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Wednesday, 19 October 1910

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - The markers are employed by the Victorian Rifle Association. During yesterday they made a demand for an increase in their pay from 8s. to 10s. per day. That is a matter entirely for the Victorian Rifle Association to deal with. There were some thirty odd members of the Royal Australian Artillery in the permanent employ of the Commonwealth detailed to assist generally at the rifle ranges. These men are employed as register-keepers, and in such positions. None of them were sent to the Williamstown ranges to be employed in the trenches as markers. They are paid 10s. a day by the Commonwealth. The Victorian Rifle Association refused to pay the wages demanded by the markers. The markers then refused to take up their work, and the Executive of the Rifle Association appealed to Colonel Selheim, who, in the absence of the State Commandant, represents that officer. He ordered the officer in charge of the Royal Australian Artillerymen to detail them to act as markers. I have this morning called upon the InspectorGeneral who investigates and reports on the action of Colonel Selheim. The investigation is now proceeding.


Case of Warder J. Wise.

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