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Thursday, 22 August 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I have already given a long explanation regarding the first item, which met the points raised, and I may mention that no portion of this £80,000 is to be spent- in Papua, the Northern Territory, or the Federal Capital. As regards the sum of £[8,000 for additional magazines, the amount is towards a total cost of £[14,000. Regarding the other item, no estimate of the total cost of the Military College can well be given. I think that those who have read anything about the Military Colleges of the world can well understand that. Many of the present buildings are of a temporary character, and may last for twenty-five or thirty years. The idea is ultimately to erect permanent buildings. Any estimate of the total cost would be misleading, because we might not spend any of the money during the lifetime of honorable senators. At the present time we cannot give an estimate of the total cost of the Naval College. The first lot of buildings, although they will be of a permanent character, will not by any means complete the College, and the expenditure on them will be progressive for a number of years. As regards the establishment of Woollen Mills, the Department has not yet been able to complete an estimate of the total cost of the buildings, which will be of a very plain and inexpensive character, and probably of brick.

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