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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator KEATING (Tasmania) .- I hope that Senator Chataway's suggestion will be adopted by the Government, and that there shall be furnished to Parliament and the public monthly, or at other intervals, a complete and adequate report of what has taken place. It is all very well for Senator Sayers to talk about utilizing grounds which are found to be suitable for working. The vessel, when an appropriation was asked for, was designated an exploration vessel. She was to go out and do exploratory work, in order to indicate and open up to private enterprise particular grounds which they might very easily utilize. I trust that Senator Chataway's remarks will not go unheeded. When the construction of the vessel was in question, Senator Sayers raised some strong objections to the establishment of any such department of government. Amongst other things, he stated that in Launceston it was impossible to obtain a flounder under a cost of is. 6d: I remember inviting him to accompany me and find that he could do something different from that. He did not accept the invitation, but I proved to his satisfaction afterwards that his statement was absolutely incorrect. I think that most of the statements which he made tonight are equally incorrect.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Divisions 52 to 210 (Department of Defence), £144,378.

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