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Thursday, 27 May 1915

Senator NEEDHAM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister of Defence whether it is a fact that he has determined to transfer the troops at Broadmeadows to a camp at Seymour, and, if so, when the transfer will take place ?

Senator PEARCE - The instruction has been issued to temporarily transfer the troops from Broadmeadows to Seymour. I cannot say when the transfer will be carried out, but. it will be at the earliest practical moment. In the meantime, engineering officers are inquiring into the matter, with a view to determining whether Broadmeadows can be made a habitable camp for the winter. When that question has been decided we will settle whether the camp shall be permanently shifted to Seymour or some other suitable place, or whether the men shall be returned to Broadmeadows.

Senator O'KEEFE - I ask the Minister of Defence whether any difficulty has been experienced in securing a sufficient number of nurses to accompany the troops who have already left Australia for the front, and, if any such difficulty has been encountered, what steps are being taken to overcome it?

Senator PEARCE - No such difficulty has been experienced. The number of applicants is far in excess of those required.

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