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Friday, 21 May 1915


Senator PEARCE - I regret to say that, owing to a clerical error, some of the information I gave in answer to Senator McDougall's question was not correct. I stated the cost of launching the Derwent at £791. The figure should have been £691. In replying to the question about the Warrego I said at the time that no figures were available, but steps were being taken to obtain them. The information then sought has since been supplied to me in a letter from the General Manager of the Dockyard, in which he says that the costs accounts of the torpedo boat destroyer Warrego have been obtained, and they give the cost of launching that vessel, as charged against the Commonwealth, as £719. To this figure must be added some other incidental expenditure to cover the cost of banquet, invitations, and special steamers for the launching.







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