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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes; to a limited extent, if in good condition. The vessels of the Katoomba class, however, were eighteen years old, and much worn, in service, which it is understood was the principal reason for their disposal.

2.   Yes. Also that cruisers of a superior class are being similarly treated.

3.   The Government has the mailer under consideration.

In reference to the third question, t may inform the honorable senator that the' Naval Board is sitting now to advise me upon matters connected with naval defence, and that this particular point is under their consideration, with a view to a recommendation being made.

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