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Tuesday, 10 July 1906

Mr DAVID THOMSON (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice--

1.   Whether it is a fact that the Defence Department has cancelled the contract of Messrs. Mountcastle and Co., hat manufacturers (whose contract for the South Australian Department had about twelve (12) months to run?

2.   If so, for what reason, and by whose authority ?

Mr EWING - I am, informed-

1.   Yes, together with that of eighteen other contractors. 2. (a) Because it has been decided to abolish clothing boards in each State, in order that Commanding Officers of the respective regiments may make their own contracts for the supply of military clothing required for their respective commands.

(b)   The conditions of contract provide that the contract may be terminated by either party on giving three (3) months' notice; and such notice was given by the Minister in March last.

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