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Thursday, 16 August 1906

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

1.   Article 5 of the agreement provides for three (3) drill ships and one (1) other vessel to be manned by Australians and New Zealanders. The complement of these ships would be about 1,200, and Australia's proportion about 1,000.

2.   The Naval Commander-in-Chief will be asked for this information.

3.   According to the last return received from the Naval Commander-in-Chief, dated 1st July, 1906, there were no Australian officers and 408 men.

4.   The Naval Commander-in-Chief has stated that " the recruiting of Australian seamen is of necessity very gradual, and it is not possible to at once fill up to the full numbers authorized till those already serving have received sufficient training to allow of them replacing hometrained men.

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