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Friday, 26 June 1914

Senator MILLEN (New South WalesMinister of Defence) . - The first item to which Senator Guthrie has directed attention relates to the purchase of land only. I mentioned previously that the proposed expenditure upon lighthouse buildings, viz., £21,000, would be found on page 5 of the Bill. This money is to be spent upon a number of lighthouses, the names of which I will read, if Senator Guthrie desires me to do so.

Senator Turley - By all means.

Senator MILLEN - It may come as a salve to the conscience of Senator Mullan, who complained that his State was not getting sufficient under the vote for postal buildings, to learn that in the present instance Queensland is walking off with the lion's share, leaving only a few insignificant crumbs for the other' States, and absolutely none for the State which I have the honour to represent. The lighthouses to be constructed are at the following places: - Coquette Island, Newton Island, Dhu Reef, Heath Reef, Ti-tree Reef, Chatlan Island, Piper. Island, and Clarke Island - all these places are in Queensland, the highly favoured State - in the Northern Territory, Emery Point, and Fort Point; Tasmania, West Point. In those places it is proposed to spend this money.

Senator Turley - Automatic lights?

Senator MILLEN - I cannot answer that question.

Schedule agreed to.

Postponed clause 2, preamble, and title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment.

Report adopted, and Bill read a third time.

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