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Thursday, 4 September 1902


Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - It must not be assumed that we have been able to make' a reduction of £160,000 in the Defence Estimates because of past extravagance. A number of items of expenditure with which we are now dispensing, might at other times be regarded as necessary. I am* not prepared to go any further at present in making reductions.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to know when the Acting Minister for Defence expects to be in a position to lay upon the table his scheme of defence reorganization ?


Sir WILLIAM LYNE - It is quite impossible to indicate the exact time at which that will be done, but it certainly will not be later than the time fixed for the consideration of the Defence Estimates. I hope that period will not be long deferred. If an opportunity offered, I should be quite prepared to give the fullest particulars before that date, but I do not think it would be convenient for the House.







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