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Friday, 22 May 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [12.3]. - I ask honorable senators not to indulge in a general discussion of the country's defence policy at this stage. The Government has a definite and well-thought-out defence policy, which is gradually being carried out. It was outlined by me about two and a half years ago, and from time to time since then, both in Parliament and elsewhere, the present Minister for Defence (Mr. Parkhill) has made pronouncements regarding it. "When the last budget was presented a memorandum was supplied to honorable senators setting out exactly what was being done in regard to defence ; whilst the budget for the next financial year, which will be introduced probably in August, will disclose further plans. I assure the committee that the Government realizes its responsibility in this matter, as its record shows.

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