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Friday, 10 October 1902


Sir LANGDON BONYTHON - I should like to ask the Acting Prime Minister whether, when the Defence Estimates were before this House, I was not induced to stay my hand in this matter of moving that the line relating to drill instructors be omitted by a suggestion made to me?


Mr L E GROOM (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - In the House?


Sir LANGDON BONYTHON - Yes.


Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - By me ?


Sir LANGDON BONYTHON - I did not say that the suggestion was made by the Acting Minister for Defence : but I would direct his attention to the following extract from the Hansard report of his speech, which is to be found at page 16430 : -

As to the drill instructors, it hasbeen explained to me that to withdraw the amount from the Estimates now would cause a great deal of trouble. Therefore I wish to say that I shall deal with the matter in anotherway, which I think will be satisfactory to all parties. The amount will be continued upon the Estimates, but it will not be used unless it is absolutely wanted, and I venture to think that the whole of it will not be wanted.


Sir WILLIAM LYNE - The report is correct. I made that statement, and I repeat it now.


Sir Langdon Bonython - But the Minister proposes to retain five instructors, which is contrary to the understanding.







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