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Wednesday, 21 July 1915

Senator WATSON (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the fact that 300 recruits went from Newcastle to the Liverpool Camp yesterday, and that this may be regarded as a first instalment of recruits from that district, will the Minister of. Defence take into consideration the advisability of establishing a concentration camp in the northern district of New South Wales?

Senator PEARCE - It is becoming evident that there will be a tremendous increase in the number of' recruits throughout Australia. We are all very pleased that that is so. This morning I discussed with my military advisers proposals for the best means of meeting the rush. In the opinion of the military advisers, it is not wise to divide up the camp, for the reason that the number of our instructional and staff officersis now very small, and we have had to call to our assistance a number of Militia officers. As each camp has to have a head-quarters staff, it will be seen that if the camp is divided up a large number of staff officers will be required. We have ample training ground at Liverpool, and this morning I gave instructions that arrangements were to be made for the erection of more hut accommodation, not on the present site, but on another site onthe Liverpool area, known as Holdsworth. It is a far better locality than the present one. In view of all the circumstances, we do not propose to divide up the camp in the State of New South Wales.

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