AUSTRALIA: Compulsion Suspended

There were not enough chairs so some of the Cabinet sat on camp stools. They had met in the plain, business-like office of Australia's new Labor Prime Minister, quiet; vigorous James Henry Scullin (TIME, Nov. 5). After a long, tense session last week they jolted all Australia by announcing suspension of compulsory military training.

First English-speaking Commonwealth to adopt compulsory military training was Australia. Australian conscription began at the time of the Japanese war scare of 1911 under the Labor Government of Andrew Fisher.

In area Australia is almost exactly...

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