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Wednesday, 16 September 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - On i he 11th September, Senator E. B. Johnston asked the Minister representing the \finister for Defence the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   Is it a fact that applications have been made to his department for approval for sixteen new rifle clubs in Western Australia, including some clubs in the isolated northwest of that State, but that approval for these new clubs has been delayed?

2.   ls it the intention of the department to expedite the establishment of these new rifle clubs?

The Minister for Defence has supplied the following answers : -

1.   There arc at present 28 applications foi new rifle clubs in Western Australia, Normally approval is given for the formation of new rifle clubs after the Estimates have been passed.

2.   Approval has been given- in the past to military districts for a limited number ot clubs to be formed provided the cost of range construction, fares and freight* of the district allocation in not exceeded. Applications are dealt with in order of priority of receipt by the District Commandant concerned.

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