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Wednesday, 1 November 1905


Senator PLAYFORD - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   In view of Captain Creswell's report as to the strength of the squadron, the introduction of the Bill referred to is postponed, pending receipt of the Admiralty's reply to the Government's communication on the subject.

3.   So far as I know, the Government have never maintained that they were not aware of any intention on the part of the Admiralty to vary the strength of the Australian Squadron.

4.   Captain Creswell's report was sent to the' Admiralty, and it will be some time before a reply could be expected.







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