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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr BROWN (Canobolas) .- Subdivision 1 of division 3 contains a number of votes for rifle ranges and rifle clubs. For instance, item 3 provides a re-vote of £105, and a vote of £2,707, under the heading of " new service." Then item 5 provides £265 for alterations and improvements to rifle ranges generally, while £320 is provided for the Bathurst rifle range, and £383 for the Adamstown rifle range; and in item 11, £3,356 is provided for new works in connexion with rifle ranges. I wish to know what is being done in regard to the improvement of old rifle ranges. I have had communications respecting the position of the Orange rifle range, where there seems to be some doubt as to whether the improvements are to be carried out according to an obsolete system, or whether an up-to-date and proper equipment is to be provided. In my opinion, it is extremely desirable that in all cases our rifle ranges shall be equipped with modern apparatus. Where repairs are necessary and equipment is obsolete, it should be replaced with new and up-to-date apparatus. I wish to know, also, whether the Department makes grants to rifle clubs without taking into consideration the cost of the work to be done in connexion with a club's range. For instance, it has come under my notice that the sum allotted to the recently-formed rifle club at Condobolin for the laying-out and equipping of its range is insufficient, it being found impossible to obtain tenders for the work for the sum at the disposal of the club. What is the practice of the Department in these cases? Will an additional grant be made to provide the balance necessary for the completion of the work, or is it considered that the members of the club should fmd what is necessary ? I fail to see why a new club should be heavily handicapped by having' to incur a serious debt for the proper equipment of its range.'

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