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Friday, 22 July 1921


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - A number of matters have been brought under my attention by rifle clubs and associations, but I prefer to place them privately before the Minister for his consideration. In the circumstances, that perhaps will be the better way; but it would be well forthe Minister, at. his convenience, to make a general statement, for the information of the people of Australia, about what the Department is doing in the direction, of building up manufacturing activities so as to make our home defence self-contained. On several occasions the Minister has stated, by interjection, that the Department is doing that ; and I. think that there is a growing f eeling among members of Parliament in the direction of making Australia selfsupporting so far as concerns munitions, explosives, rifles,' munition parts, and so on.







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