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Thursday, 22 August 1912


Senator BUZACOTT (Western Australia) . - 1 notice an item, £1,250, for rifle ranges, Wes:ern Australia, of which sum £1,000 is a re-vote. I believe that on account of difficulties some rifle clubs have been unable to get the grant to which they were entitled during this year. I will mention an instance. The Black Range club made application on nth October for a grant for an addition to their range. The object was to make the range safe. In March, I, myself, wrote to the Minister, and received the usual reply that the matter would be considered. Some time during the present month 1 received a notification that the rifle club at Black Range were entitled to the giant, and would receive it. If there is one section of the Defence Force to which we should pay special attention, it is the rifle clubs. Their members devote a good deal of time and labour to their work. The Black Range members have spent their own money on making their range safe for passers by. I am given to understand that the difficulty arises from the fact that the Government have only, one inspector for Western AustraliaIt is that officer's duty to visit every rifle range after a request is made for a grant. If that be a fact. I hope the Minister will consider the advisableness of recommending the appointment of additional inspectors, so that when an application is submitted to the Department the officer may be sent along, and the matter attended to immediately.







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