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Thursday, 1 July 1915

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) . - It is due that we should give to one honorable member of this House the merit of having a considerable and early hand in the formation of our defence system. I refer to the present Attorney-General, the honorable member for West Sydney. Very early in the history of this Parliament, when Sir John Forrest, the then Minister of Defence, introduced the first Defence Bill, the honorable member for West Sydney had some words to say upon the subject which indicated the trend of his mind at that time, and those of us who knew what he had been saying on public platforms in regard to Defence matters knew that he was heartily in favour of an Australian-owned and controlled Navy, and of what is known as our compulsory training system. I quote from the first volume of the Commonwealth Hansard, at page 744, 5th June, 1901, the following: -

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