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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) .- The Minister explained just now that where the express purpose of a vote for a rifle club was not mentioned, it could be taken that the money was not being spent on the purchase of sites. I find that no less than £6.781 is to be so spent. Practically all the country ranges in New South Wales are rented from private owners.

Mr Groom - My information is that hundreds of them are the property of the Commonwealth, though some are leased. Our desire is to acquire security of tenure before spending any money.

Mr KELLY - I wish to know how much of this money is to be expended on ranges which are leased from private land-holders, and what are the terms under which the land is leased. I should also like to know from the Minister if the Department car see its way within the near future to provide artillery ranges. Perhaps he will brine; the matter under the attention of his colleagues.

Mr Groom - I shall do so.

Mr KELLY - There is at present no artillery range in Australia, though we spend £50,000 a year op the purchase of artillery.

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