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Tuesday, 23 May 1939

Mr Curtin (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) n asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   What i6 the total cost of the new buildings erected at Duntroon?

2.   What is the annual cost of the Royal Military College at Duntroon, including interest on the material expenditure?

3.   What is the number of the personnel engaged at the college ? :

4.   How many military cadets are in training?

5.   How many military officers will complete their course each year?

Mr Street - The answers to the honorable member's questions ,are as follows. -

1.   The new buildings erected to date have cost £104,640.

2.   The annual cost varies from year to year. For the current year it is estimated at £55,600. Interest on the capital cost referred to iri No. 1 will increase this total to £59,785.

3.   Permanent personnel 119, comprising military officers (including one New Zealander) 14, civil professors and lecturers 5, public servants 5, warrant officer instructors 14, subordinate staff 81.

4.   Australians 86, New Zealanders 20, total 106. A further 50 cadets are expected to enter the college in July of this year.

5.   The number varies each year. In 1938, 34 graduated - 24 Australians and 10 New Zealanders. In 1939, it is anticipated that 94 will graduate, comprising 89 Australians and 5 New Zealanders.

Taxation of "War-time Profits.

Mr Menzies s. - On the 19 th May, the honorable member for Darling Downs (Mr. Fadden) asked the following question, upon notice: -

What, amount of revenue has been received under and by virtue of the War-time Profits Tax Act, giving the amount for each year since the inception of the act (September, 1917), with particulars (if possible) of the classes of business or activity from which collections have been received or on which taxation was assessed ?

The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

Revenues received under the War-time Profits Tax Act are -

The amounts marked " Dr. " represent the excess of refunds over collections in the years shown.

The classes of business from which collec-tiona have been received appear in the seventh and ninth reports of the Commissioner of Taxation, and are as follows: - Pastoralists, shipping, mining, softgoods, hardware, financial, grocers, jewellery, butchers, bakers, millers, boot trade, engineering, miscellaneous.

State Government and Semigovernmental Borrowings.

Mr Menzies s. - On the 18th May, I promised the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory) to have a return prepared showing the amount of State government borrowings and semi-governmental borrowings during the last three years. The information desired by the honorable member is as follows : -

These figures do not include conversion of existing loans.

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