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Tuesday, 9 August 1904

Mr WATSON - I am aware that the Government of Western Australia has intimated that it scarcely cares to accept the responsibility of these obsolete weapons. In some cases - I do not say that my remark applies to all - it seems that the guns are so heavy that a fair expenditure would require to be incurred to remove them, and some people do not care to be saddled with " white elephants " of that description.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Very few of the guns are mounted,

Mr WATSON - -That' is so, and consequently it is necessary to construct carriages or some kind of mounting for them.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It cost the municipality of Parramatta .£15 to mount their guns.

Mr WATSON - It. is satisfactory to know that Parramatta could afford to spend that sum in beautifying its public parks.

Mr Crouch - Does that remark apply to any part of Australia, as I have applied for some of the guns for Geelong?

Mr WATSON - The Government .entertain no objection to allowing any local body or representative institution to obtain these guns so far as their number will permit. My general impression is that the military, authorities are very anxious to use the storage room which is at present occupied by these obsolete weapons, and therefore they would be extremely glad to get rid of them.

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