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Thursday, 3 December 1914

Senator MCDOUGALL (New South Wales) . - I take this opportunity to voice my dissatisfaction with the answers given by the Minister of Defence to-day to several questions I asked about the launching of the cruiser Brisbane. He replied to the first four questions, but of the others he said that the Department had no knowledge. The fourth question was -

Did the late manager of the dock prepare launching plans and estimates before proceeding with the launching of the Brisbane ?

The answer to that question was, " The Department has no knowledge." I do not suggest that the Minister would give this answer knowing that it is absolutely incorrect. But I am prepared to saythat, before the late manager undertook, as an employe of the New South Wales. Government, to build the vessel, he took all precautions for launching her, and! that the State Government were prepared to guarantee that they would launch her.. I do not wish to enter into a controversy on the subject at the present moment, but I want the Minister to give me his* assurance that he will find out whether the answers to my questions are correct or not. I say that the plans were prepared; that they were sent to England, and have been returned, and that if they are not in the Department to-day they were in the Department, and ought to be there now. I will take another opportunity of referring to this matter; but 1 ask the Minister to find out if he cannot give me other answers to the questions.

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