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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) . - In connexion with the item " Alterations to Sandy Bay rifle range, £300," I should like to inquire whether that rifle range is to be a permanent one. As the Minister is aware, there has been much local agitation, and the opening of the range at Sandy Bay - a suburb of Hobart - has practicallyput a stop to building operations in that direction. Statements have also been made that persons walking along the hills at the rear of the range have on several occasions narrowly escaped being shot. I hope that the Minister recognises that we ought not to agree to the expenditure of large sums on temporary rifle ranges, that he has carefully considered what may be the effect of this range on the development of Sandy Bay, and that he has not lost sight of the point that it may endanger the lives of persons, and render the Government liable to an action for damages. The question is a much-vexed one, and I hope that the Minister will be able to give us some information with regard to it.

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