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Thursday, 19 October 1911

Senator MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence whether he has noted in to-day's newspaper the following telegram from Shepparton : -

Statements were made at the meeting of the Shepparton State School Committee, on Tuesday evening, that a number of parents were complaining of their sons being subjected to loo much military drill, which should at least be modified on sultry days. Several of the boys had fainted, and some had become ill through it.

In view of the statement which the Minister made some time since, that instructions had been given to moderate the drill in distressful weather conditions, I desire to know whether the instructions have reached the local authorities, and, if so, whether steps have been taken to as far as possible anticipate and prevent occurrences of this kind?

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