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Thursday, 2 June 1949

Mr CHAMBERS - In common with the general public and honorable members of this House I view with alarm the number of thefts of ammunition and military equipment that have taken place in recent months from ammunition and training depots. I have discussed the matter with the Military Board and certain steps are now about to be taken to tighten up security measures. Yesterday, the Military Board decided to appoint Commonwealth police to guard military property in certain areas because they have greater authority than Army watchmen employed under the Defence Act. I have asked the Military Board to investigate thoroughly the theft referred to by the honorable member. If it is found that arms and ammunition cannot be properly safeguarded at training depots, they will be removed to areas where they can be adequately guarded. I can assure the honorable member that the fullest investigation is being made, and although I am not able to indicate its result at present, I have every reason to believe that from now on, following action by the Military Board, stores of ammunition and arms will be much more secure than they have been in the past.

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