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Thursday, 22 August 1912


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - As to item 12, there is a foot-note in the general Estimates that the total estimated cost is £2,200. I cannot, at the moment, give the honorable senator any information as to item 10, but I am under the impression that the amount set down, ,£15,000, will be practically the whole sum required. For some years we have been re-arming our fixed defences. There was a large expenditure on account of this item last year, and the amount now voted will, I think, be the total required. I cannot give exact figures as to the drill halls at Newcastle, but there is a foot-note in the Estimates showing that the total estimated cost is £2,000. As to item 32, the total cost will be £8,000. As to item 34, my recollection is that the total will also be about £[8,000. I cannot at present give the exact figures regarding item 35.







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