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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I move -

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This is a very small Bill in which honorable senators have the right to insert amendments, because it deals with works and buildings. It appropriates the sum of £490, which was expended by the Watson Government on account of the financial year 1903-4 and a sum of £52,527 on account of the financial year 1904-5, which was expended by the Reid Government. A reference to the two schedules will show that with the exception of £44,050 for rifles, guns, and other equipment, the items are small. Sir George Turner informed the House of Representatives that he would use any saving on the ordinary Defence vote for the purpose of providing special equipment which, as honorable senators are aware, has been done for some time. A sum of £44,050 was saved on the general vote for Defence, and Sir George Turner allowed an advance of equal amount to be apportioned in a manner which is set forth on page 7 of the second schedule. It shows for what purposes the money was originally voted, and also what alteration was made in the expenditure. It was expended upon military equipment, which consisted of 5,000 magazine Lee-Enfield rifles of the new' pattern, ammunition, accountrements, camp equipment, material for small arms ammunition to be paid into a trust fund, artillery ammunition for fixed defences, tools and other materials, guns, harness, waggons, machine guns, medical stores, &c.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee :

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clauses 2 and 3 postponed.


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