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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) . - I think that the Defence Department should have arrived at a, decision long before this. They have been in possession of the report of the Defence Committee for a considerable time. I should like to know whether we are going to stultify ourselves completely. The Government sent to England and sought the highest advice with regard to the armament of the forts of Fremantle, and other matters, and there should be no need for delay in arriving at a decision. I agree with the honorable member for Fremantle that- in all these questions the Government should loyally abide by the verdict of the Imperial Defence Committee, and act upon it at the earliest possible moment.

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