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Thursday, 16 November 1905


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

1.   Thursday Island. - 1st July, 1901, 75; 1st July, 1905, 85. King George's Sound. - 1st July, 1901, 27; 1st July, 1905, 36.

2.   This is a matter upon which the Council of Defence will advise in connexion with the whole scheme of Defence of the Commonwealth, which is at present being considered.


Senator Lt Col GOULD asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   What were the numbers in each of the several States of the Commonwealth of the Permanent Soldiers, Militia, Volunteers, and Members of Rifle Clubs on the 1st day of July, 1901, and on the 1st day of July, 1905?

2.   Did Major-General Hutton recommend an increase in their numbers ; and, if so, to what extent in each case?


Senator PLAYFORD - I would ask the honorable and learned senator to move for a return in this case too.


Senator Lt Col Gould - Perhaps the Minister will kindly place a return upon the table as early as possible?


Senator PLAYFORD - Yes.


Senator Guthrie - The second part of the question cannot form the subject of a return.


Senator PLAYFORD - I shall show that in the return.







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