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Thursday, 14 May 1914

Senator McDOUGALL(for Senator

Rae) asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that in the Lithgow Small Arms Factory, between 14th January and 17th April,. 1914, inclusive, 411 rifle butts and 309 fore-ends have been scrapped and sawn up and burned, and that between 250 and 300 more have been rejected and are now awaiting a similar fate?

2.   Is it a fact that these butts cost approximately 6s. each in the rough, and the foreends about 5s. 3d. each?

3.   Is it a fact that fore-ends and hand-guards have been made of coachwood, myrtle, and Queensland maple, and found satisfactory, and that, nevertheless, over 6,000 fore-ends and nearly as many hand-guards have been made of Italian walnut, imported at immense cost ?

4.   What are the reasons for the alleged enormous number of rejects?

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