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Friday, 6 August 1920


Mr LAIRD SMITH (DENISON, TASMANIA) (Minister for the Navy) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Including ratings whose period of loan to the Royal Australian Navy will expire between present date and 31st December, 1020, the number is sixty-six.

2.   There are certain ratings still serving in the Royal Australian Navy whose period of loan has expired. The exigencies of the Service render their retention necessary until reliefs are available.


Mr MARKS asked the Minister for the Navy, upon notice -

1.   Whether under the Welfare Report of tae First Lower Deck Welfare Joint Committee, issued by the Navy Office on 16th February, 1920, clauses 4B, 11, "12, 13, 14, 20, 43, 49, 50, 60, 87, 93, 97, 101, have been referred to the Admiralty as therein stated?

2.   If so, when may the Admiralty's decision thereon be expected?


Mr LAIRD SMITH - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Reply is in the affirmative.

2.   Not known; but Admiralty will be asked to hasten decisions.


Mr MARKS asked the Minister for the Navy, upon notice -

1.   As H.M.A.S. Australia, Sydney, and Melbourne helped considerably in contributing material for the formation of the Grand Fleet Fund, has any portion of this fund been allocated to the Australian Navy ?

2.   If not, will representations be made to the Committee dealing with the distribution of this fund that the Australian Navy should participate?


Mr LAIRD SMITH - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Not so far as is known by the Naval Hoard.

2.   Representations willbe made as suggested.


Mr MARKS asked the Minister for theNavy, upon notice -

Now that the Royal Australia n Naval Brigade Reserve has been disbanded, and as a recognition of. its splendid services in the past and during the war, will the Minister comply with the wish of officers and men who were retained for home service, that a badge may be issued to them?


Mr LAIRD SMITH - A badgehas alreadybeen issued to members of the Royal Australian. Naval Brigade who volunteered for active service, but were compulsorily retained for service in Australia.







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