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Thursday, 13 May 1915


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I move -

That this Bill be now read a first time.

I may explain that this is an ordinary Supply Bill for one month. The total amount asked for is £1,143,343. The Bill is based on the Estimates which are now before another place, and for which we have been looking for so long a time. It contains nothing extraordinary or out of the way. The Supply asked for will carry us on up to the middle of next month. It is necessary that we should ask the Senate to put the Bill through to-day, because payments under it will be due to-morrow.







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