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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator SAYERS - I cannot find it at the moment; but I have read it in this paper.

Senator Pearce - Is the honorable senator referring to the passage where it is stated -

American machinery more highly developed than English.

Senator SAYERS - No; that is not it. I do not make statements of this kind without being able to prove them ; and I believe that the Minister himself knows exactly where the passage to which I have referred is to be found in the report. As head of the Department, he must have read the whole of these papers. Captain Collins' cablegram also stated -

Clarkson considers War Office objections to American machinery not applicable Pratt, as War Office not aware of recent development iu small arms machinery in America.

Senator Pearce - Pratt's is the American firm. .

Senator SAYERS - We have yet to have proof of the superiority of the American machinery, and we cannot obtain proof until the factory is in working order. If it proves to be satisfactory, the Minister will be able to twit me afterwards by proving that the machinery is up to the best standard. In Committee, we shall be able to deal with this subject item by item; and by that time I shall be able to find the statement in these papers with regard to the unreliableness of the American machinery.

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