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Tuesday, 15 December 1914

Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   The Department is not aware that military maps of the Commonwealth, or any part of the Commonwealth, are on sale to the public.

2.   The sale of such maps to the public has not been authorized by the Defence Department.

Senator KEATING - Since I put the question on the notice-paper, I have ascertained that the following announcement appears in some of the leading booksellers' windows - " Defence Department, Military Maps on Sale," and that Mie maps are marked - I had not seen them when I put my question on the notice-paper - ' Reproduced by Head-quarters Staff, Melbourne. Published by Critchley Parker, Mining Standard, by authority. Albert Mullett, Government Printer." I find that the maps are not Australian, but European; but I would like to ask if they are published with the concurrence, consent, and active assistance of the Defence

Department ? Does the Minister think it desirable that they should be sold indiscriminately as published by the authority of the Defence Department?

Senator PEARCE - The honorable senator's question referred to military maps of the Commonwealth, and my reply was framed accordingly. The honorable senator now asks a question with reference to maps of Europe. I have no information on the point, but will make inquiries.

Senator KEATING - Will the Minister find out if the Defence Department, in their official capacity, are supporting the indiscriminate sale of European military maps here ?

Senator PEARCE - I shall ascertain if that is so.

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