Soldier Senator Applauds Defence Proposals
CANBERRA, October 20.
"The Government is to be strongly commended on its decision to increase the Defence vote," said Senator Cox (U.A.P., N.S.W.). speaking to the
Budget debate in the Senate today. 'As a military man, I know some thing of our army and the need for restoring it to a state of efficiency," he continued. "I trust that still more ample provision will be made in the future. I do not believe that the navy or the army or the air force can of itself provide adequate protection to
Australia. Each service is complemen- tary, and should be restored to effi- ciency by a carefully prepared plan. The proposal to manufacture naval cordite in Australia marks another step towards national self-reliance. "My great regret, is that it is not the intention of the Government to restore universal training. If a coun- try is fit to live in then it is fit to be defended by all citizens of every station in life. Universal training was intro- duced in the most democratic statute framed by Parliament." Senator Charles Cox is a general officer who saw distinguished service with the Australian forces in the Boer war and on Gallipoli.