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Thursday, 19 July 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - If a definite scheme is placed before me I shall consider it, but as regards paying the whole expense of sending teams to Bisley and other places-

Senator Dobson - I did not ask whether the Government would pay all the expenses, but whether they would subsidize rifle teams.

Senator PLAYFORD - If the honorable senator will submit to me a definite pro posal, I shall give him an answer. I am not prepared to say off-hand whether we shall subsidize any rifle teams. It will entirely depend upon whether we think that a scheme, when placed before us, is worth subsidizing or not.

Senator Dobson - Does the Minister prefer that we should formulate a scheme?

Senator PLAYFORD - Let the honorable senator formulate a scheme, make a proposal, and ask us to give a subsidy, and then we shall give him an answer. That is the straightforward way of proceeding.

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