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Friday, 18 June 1915

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - The statement made by the Minister of Defence is very satisfactory. I may tell SenatorFindley, for his peace of mind, that I did not get my inspiration from the A rgus. I heard of this matter a considerable time before anything about it appeared in the Argus. I am satisfied that,sofar as the Minister of Defence can guarantee good boots and good equipment, for the troops, they will get them, but there are other people to be considered. The Minister cannot overlook everything, and is not informed of everything. He has to depend, to a great extent, on people under him, and it may happen that mistakes will occur. So far as I can gather from the statement which he has just made, the equipment of our troops is as satisfactory as is possible in the circumstances,

Schedule agreed to.

Postponed clause 3 agreed to.

Preamble and title agreed to.

Bill reported without request; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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