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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator PEARCE - The difficulty experienced in procuring a supply of remounts at the present time is due to the unusual demand caused by the war. The establishment of a breeding station unfortunately would not get over that difficulty in the immediate future.

Senator Story - There may be another war later.

Senator PEARCE - Owing to the extraordinary burden imposed upon us in regard to the war, it is not possible to enter upon the consideration of a proposal during the current financial year.

Senator STORY - Does not the Minister consider that better horses could be procured more cheaply if they were bred by the Department in a locality like the Northern Territory, which is eminently suitable for horse breeding ?

Senator PEARCE - I believe that if the Department had its own breeding establishments it could supply a better type of horse. I do not say that they should be placed in the Northern Territory; I cannot commit myself to that extent, but as regards the immediate requirements of the Commonwealth it would not give a supply.

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