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Thursday, 15 May 1924

Mr MANNING (for Mr. Masks) asked the Minister for Defence, uponnotice -

1.   Is it a fact that after refits H.M.A. ships have left the dockyard hands in an unfinished state as compared with those leaving a British yard?

2.   Is it a fact that, after refits of the Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide, sections of ships' companies were occupied for days in replacing removed and broken fittings, and cleaning out muck and filth which, had accumulated during refit?

3.   Is it a fact that, in the Royal Navy, after a ship refits, or acceptance trials are over, a gang of cleaners go right through the ship, and hand her over lit for service and ready for her crew to live in: if so, could not the same practice bc applied to the Royal Australian Navy ?

4.   Is it a fact that the number of submitted complaints from the engine-room branch of certain ships resulted in an official investigation being held?

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

1.   No.

2.   Not to any greater exent, I am informed, than obtains in the ships of the Royal Navy, after refit.

3.   The living spaces are cleaned and painted in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy during or after a relit. No gang of cleaners go right through a ship cither iii the Royal Navy or Royal Australian Navy after a refit, although during the war such was the practice.

4.   The Naval Board do not know of any such official investigation, which, if it had been of any importance, .would no doubt have been reported to them.

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