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Thursday, 16 August 1906

Senator MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Arising out of the answer, I desire to ask the Minister of Defence whether he has noticed in a Melbourne newspaper of this morning a statement affirming that in a communication with a representative of the newspaper he had condemned the report of the Imperial Defence Committee, and given some reasons for his hostile attitude?

Senator PLAYFORD - I did see a statement to that effect. I did privately express an opinion that I was more favorably inclined ' towards the recommendations of our Naval Director than towards the recommendations of the Imperial

Defence Committee ; but it is a very difficult subject to discuss. That is my personal opinion, but it may be liable to modification on a further consideration of the subject.

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