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Thursday, 10 June 1915

Mr FOWLER (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - -Have you got a lease of it?

Mr JENSEN - It has been handed over to us until the termination of the war.

Mr Page - A generous gift, too.

Mr JENSEN -- I may say that, although the Department will have to spend this large sum of money in makin? the camp dry, and in making roads, a good deal of the money will be returned to the Government by the sale of the metal which will be put on the roads to the local municipality after our vacation of the camp. It is not known when the camp will be removed from Seymour to Broadmeadows. The date has not yet been fixed.

Mr JOSEPH COOK - I hesitate to ask another question of the Assistant Minister of Defence, but I should like to know whether the need for the huge expenditure has arisen out of the occupation of the camp by troops, or whether it really is by way of making the preparations which should have been made before men were sent there at all. If that is the case, what officer is responsible for the blunder?

Mr JENSEN - If lives can be saved by the expenditure of this money, I think it will be amply justified.

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