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Wednesday, 5 May 1915

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member must confine himself to the matter before the Chair.

Mr WEST - I can hardly think that the honorable member for Eden-Monaro is really serious in his suggestion that this factory should be transferred to Canberra. My own opinion is' that the inquiry of the Public Works Committee should be confined to the extension of the present premises at Lithgow, with a view to an augmented production of war materiel. It would be most unwise, in my opinion, to give the Public Works Committee a roving commission, in view of the urgency of the situation; and I can only think that the honorable member for EdenMonaro is merely trying to liven up a somewhat dull House. The motion ought to be passed at once, so that the proposed extension may be inquired into and carried out as rapidly as possible.

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