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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - As the honorable member has said, the Sandy Bay rifle range has been the subject of careful and anxious inquiries on the part of the Department. A number of alternative sites were suggested, and some of them were withdrawn almost as soon as thev were mentioned. Several visits were paid to Sandy Bay by the officers of the Department, and, after careful inquiry itwas definitely decided that the Sandy Bay rifle range should be a permanent one. With a view to minimize the risk of accident, the Department have acquired land in the immediate neighbourhood of the range, and this item of £300, which will be applied to the long distance ranges, is expressly intended to secure the safety of the public. It is intended that this shall be the rifle range for Hobart.

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