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Thursday, 3 December 1914

Senator McDOUGALL (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Has the Minister sanctioned the building of a cofferdam for the purpose of launching the Brisbane at Fitzroy Dockyard? 2 Is said cofferdam estimated to cost over £30,000?

3.   Is the time estimated for the construction of said cofferdam over one year?

4.   Did the late manager of the Dock prepare launching plans and estimates before proceeding with the building of the Brisbane?

5.   Did said plans provide for launching the Brisbane without the construction of a cofferdam ?

6.   Were said plans sent to England for expert opinion and approved as perfectly safe?

7.   Did the Minister consider both schemes for launching the Brisbane?

8.   Will the Minister make full expert inquiries before committing the country to such large expenditure?

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