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Wednesday, 2 October 1912

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - I think I can answer the honorable senator by referring him to the statement of the policy of the Government as enunciated in the Budgetspeech of the Treasurer, and to my own remarks on the question of naval defence made during last week on the motion for the printing of the Budget-papers.

Senator CHATAWAY - Arising out of the answer, I direct the attention of the Minister of Defence to the fact that my question had no reference to what the Government are doing now. I asked what the Government propose to do later on, and the honorable senator has referred me to a statement of what has been done in the past.

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