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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator ARKINS (New South Wales) . - Recently I w,as informed that some new ideas with respect to the building of aerodromes, one of which originated in Australia, had been rejected by the Defence Department, notwithstanding that an engineer and an architect of Sydney, one with war experience, and the other a well known authority on modern building, had said that it was a reasonable proposal. There are complaints that the Defence Department is loath to accept new ideas submitted to it. The proposal which I have iu mind related to aerodromes. It, was of arch design and suitable for camouflage purposes, because it did not throw a shadow. I ask that the Defence Department be instructed to give careful consideration to all suggestions submitted to it. The Minister knows that the army tank, which proved so useful in the Great "War, was originally rejected as being of little value. I do not want to see a repetition of such mistakes.

Senator McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The honorable senator's representations will be brought under the notice of the Minister for -Defence.

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