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Thursday, 11 June 1914

Senator MILLEN - The answers are -

1.   Complaints have been received regarding the unsatisfactory quality of ammunition supplied to rifle associations in Queensland and other districts.

2.   A committee, consisting of Colonel Wallace, Commandant, 3rd Military District (late Chief of Ordnance) ; Mr. Leighton, manager, Cordite Factory; Lieut.-Colonel Senunens, Australian Intelligence Corps; Major Gipps, Inspecting Ordnance Officer; and Mr. Bell, Chemical Adviser, has been appointed to fully inquire into and report upon the whole question of ammunition supply, and to recommend what further steps (if any) are considered necessary to insure that all ammunition issued by the Department conforms to the highest possible standard. The committee is now conducting its investigations.

Senator MAUGHAN - Arising out of the elaborate reply to my question, for which I thank the Minister of Defence, I wish to ask him whether there is connected with the Defence Department an official stationed in the Old Country whose duty it is to inspect ammunition before it is exported to Australia?

Senator MILLEN - This ammunition is made here. The Department manufactures the explosives itself, and supplies it to the Ammunition Factory, which makes it up, and the Department has an inspector at the factory, who makes tests of the various classes of ammunition supplied.

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