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Thursday, 25 June 1914

Senator MILLEN - The answersare as follow -

1.   The recommendation of Mr. Julius was received on 31st July, 1913. An agreement was subsequently made with him to prepare plans and specifications and supervise the work of installation, this agreement being contingent on the necessary funds for the work being sanctioned in the Loan Bill. The Loan Bill passed on 19th December, 1913. In the meantime, Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice had reported on Cockatoo Island, and it was necessary to take his recommendations into consideration. The Third Naval Member of the Naval Board had a conference with Mr. Julius in Sydney on 24th January, and on 24th February. Mr. Julius was requested to take in hand the necessary arrangements for the provision of new power plant. On 26th March Mr. Julius and the general manager, Cockatoo Island, submitted a joint recommendation that tenders be invited alternatively for both steam and Dieset plant, and this was approved.

2.   No money has been expended, and Mr. Julius has not yet submitted the plans and specifications for approval prior to tenders being called. 3 and 4. See answer to 1. No date can be fixed on which the plant will be in operation.

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