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Thursday, 15 May 1924

Mr STEWART (Wimmera) (Minister for Works and Railways) . - In view of the trend of the debate, and particularly in view of the speech of the honorable member for Maribyrnong (Mr. Fenton), I suggest that, the honorable member for South Sydney (Mr. E. Riley) will be well advised to withdraw his amendment. This is not a question of the suitability of Flinders as a Naval Base, or as to which Government commenced the work. We have now to decide whether suitable accommodation shall be provided for the men already training at Flinders. If the men concerned were in the gallery listening to the debate, I feel sure that they would agree to very little of what has been said by honorable members opposite. The proposal has been investigated and reported on by a responsible Committee representing both sides of the House, and, with one exception, every member of that Committee is satisfied that the work is necessary. I appeal to the honorable member for South Sydney to withdraw his amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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