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Friday, 26 June 1914


Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - Yesterday, when the Minister of Defence was speaking on the question of Naval Bases, he referred to the opening ceremony which we had at Cockburn Sound, and declared that it had been accompanied by a banquet. I was wondering whether the £40,000 to which Senator Pearce has directed attention was to be voted for the purpose of paying for that banquet.


Senator Millen - As honorable senators opposite had the banquet, I hope that they paid for it.


Senator DE LARGIE - I may inform the Committee that the expense of the banquet amounted to between £40 and £50. The general public participated in it, and - owing to Senator Pearce being a " wowser " who does not take anything strong - -it consisted of a few bottles of dry stuff and some sandwiches.


Senator Millen - But honorable senators opposite made up for it at Canberra.







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