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Thursday, 30 August 1906

The PRESIDENT - I understood the Minister to say that he has remitted the whole question to the Naval Board.

Senator PLAYFORD - I remitted the whole question to the Naval Board, and among other matters which they will consider is that of whether or not it is advisable to have a training ship.

Senator CLEMONS - Arising out of the answer, I desire to ask the Minister whether he has distinctly asked the Naval Board to consider this specific question - the advisability or possibility of using such vessels as training ships?

Senator Playford - No.

Senator CLEMONS - The honorable senator said he did.

Senator Playford - No; I said that I had remitted the whole question to the Naval Board.

Senator CLEMONS - Will the Minister specifically request the Naval Board to consider the question of the advisability of using such a vessel as the. Katoomba for the purpose of a training ship in Australasian, waters?

Senator PLAYFORD - If the Board, in its report, should not refer to that question. I shall certainly call their attention to it and ask them for an expression of their opinion,' but I think that it will be done as a matter of course.

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