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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs,) . - Replying to the questions of the honorable member for Canobolas, part of the sum provided for alterations and improvements to rifle ranges is to be spent on the Orange rifle range.

Mr Brown - Is that range to be given an up-to-date* equipment?

Mr GROOM - It is proposed to extend the sunken mantlet, to instal a shutter target frame of the " Owen " pattern, fitted with a pair of canvas targets of each class, and to utilize the old iron target in the new work. The range will be improved as much as possible, and its equipment brought up to the requirements of the Defence Department. With regard to the position of the Condobolin Rifle Club, every club in Australia receives a grant on an absolutely uniform basis, according to the number of its members, the sums paid varying from £20 to £40.

Mr Brown - Suppose that the .amount is not sufficient?

Mr GROOM - In that case the members must provide the balance for themselves. All clubs are treated alike in this matter.

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