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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [10.25]. - It has been the practice of the Commonwealth Government for some years past to assist the boy scout movement in the various States by lending to it tents and other equipment for use at annual camps. This provision of £100 is required to cover the cost to the Defence Department of the issue, maintenance, repairs and cleaning of the equipment made available to the boy scouts during the year. It is not fair that the Defence Department should be charged with that money ; for that reason the money is placed on the Miscellaneous vote for the purpose of recouping the department. No claims for assistance were made by boy scouts during the past financial year, but in 1934-35 a jamboree was held at Frankston, Victoria, which absorbed the full grant of £350 for that year. Honorable senators from South Australia will be interested to learn that provision is made in these Estimates to enable similar assistance to be rendered in connexion with the South Australian jamboree to be held shortly as part of the Centenary Celebrations. Senator Hardy will realize, therefore, that the requests made to the Government by the boy scout movement have been met.

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