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Thursday, 14 December 1905

Mr WATKINS (NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should like to ask the Minister representing the Minister of Defence whether his attention has been directed to a statement appearing in this morning's newspapers, to the effect that Colonel Ricardo considers himself to be a State officer first, and a Commonwealth officer next. He is reported as having stated that -

It was all very well to talk of the military affairs of the Commonwealth, but the State paid for its own defences.

I should like to know whether the Minister will make the position plain to Colonel Ricardo?

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