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Thursday, 14 June 1928

Mr MARKS (Wentworth) .- At Cockatoo Island three naval architects are now employed, but if the dockyard there is closed and their services dispensed with, a serious position would arise in the event of war. I suggest that in the event of their services being no longer required at Cockatoo Island, these naval architects be employed in the Trade and Customs Department in connexion with the lighthouse service. They could be well employed in that capacity, and in the event of hostilities they would be available immediately. I point out that graduates in naval architecture in the Old Country are so few as to cause concern to the authorities there. It would therefore be impossible to obtain men from England to replace the men at Cockatoo Island. '

Proposed vote agreed to.

Department of Works and Railways.

Proposed vote, £311,000, agreed to.

Postmaster-General's Department.

Proposed vote, £941,500.

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