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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator REID (Queensland) .- Before I left Brisbane for Canberra several members of rifle clubs approached me regarding the provision to be made for rifle clubs for the current financial year. These men spend a good deal of their time and money making themselves efficient marksmen, and, although in so doing they derive a good deal of pleasure, it must be recognized that they are also establishinga valuable second line of defence. For some reason, the Government has decided this year to reduce the vote for rifle clubs. I trust, however, that they will be treated as generously as possible.

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [5.1]. - The Government recognizes the importance of the rifle clubs throughout the Commonwealth, and has assisted them to the fullest possible extent. It is true that the vote this year is a little less than it was last year; but included in the expenditure for 1926- 27 was an item which will not recur. Thp amount made available this year for distribution among the rifle clubs is practically the same as that expended last year. The Government does not propose in any way to curtail the existing concessions granted to riflfle clubs, namely, 5s., or 2s. 6d. per annum for each efficient member, according to whether the club has its own range, or uses a military range. To be classed as efficient a member must fire a prescribed musketry course. In addition, ammunition to the extent of 100 rounds for each new member and 200 rounds for each efficient member is issued free, while additional ammunition is sold at the reduced rate of £2 10s. per one thousand rounds. Towards the construction of a new range a sum of £75 is granted, and such grants as may be deemed necessary, to a maximum of £75, are made to assist in altering, repairing, or enlarging ranges after construction.

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