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Tuesday, 10 July 1906


Mr WILSON (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice-

1.   Has any decision been arrived at with regard to the men dismissed from the Warrnambool Battery of Field Artillery?

2.   Is it the intention of the Military Board to disband this battery and other batteries in the country districts and concentrate them in Melbourne ?

3.   Is it a fact that the guns supplied to these batteries arc obsolete and unsafe to use?

4.   Can any reason be given for leaving the Warrnambool Battery without a qualified instructor for two years?


Mr EWING - I am informed-

1.   No; the matter is still the subject of further inquiry.

2.   The Military Board does not intend recommending the disbondment of any battery pending the decision of the Government as to the general organization of the Military Forces, after consideration has been given to the recommendations of the Imperial Defence Committee.

3.   The guns are obsolete, but are not regarded as unsafe. This battery will be armed with four 4.7 breech-loading guns as soon as the carriages already ordered arereceived from England.

4.   The Commandant states-

It was proposed to send an instructor to Warrnambool from time to time to hold courses of instruction, but the reason this has not been done is that when the officer commanding No. 4 battery (Warrnambool and Port Fairy) was asked to select the most convenient dates he replied " That it was not possible for members to attend."

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