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Thursday, 14 December 1905

Senator PLAYFORD - To the best of my recollection, I have received no such report. Certainly, if it has come in, I have not seen it.

Senator CLEMONS - Will the Minister lay upon the table the most recent report he has received on this subject?

Senator PLAYFORD - The only report I have relates to Major-General Finn's inspection of the Tasmanian forces. I can lay that upon the table.

Senator Clemons - Can the Minister lay. it upon the table to-morrow?

Senator PLAYFORD - I do not know that I can, but I shall expedite its' production as much as possible.

Senator Lt Col GOULD - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence, without notice, whether he receives from the InspectorGeneral regular reports on the Military Forces of the Commonwealth', and, if so, whether he has any objection to laying them upon the table for the information of the Senate ?

Senator PLAYFORD - I receive regular reports on the inspections which the InspectorGeneral has made. I have no objection to lay them upon the table, but they are very voluminous, and I shall not move "that they be printed, because they only refer to what he has seen in various places.

Senator Lt Col NEILD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Col. GOULD.- Has the Minister received any periodical report on the condition of the Forces generally, such as Major-General Hutton used to make, and, if so, will he lay it upon the table?

Senator PLAYFORD - The InspectorGeneral does not make a general report to the Minister. The report on the subject of the Military Forces, which I hope to lay before Parliament; next session, will emanate from the Military Board. Our chief military officer makes no periodical report, but he sends in a report upon each inspection which he has made.

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