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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator McGREGOR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Arising out of the reply,- 1 wish to ask the Minister of Defence if the Pyramus and other vessels belonging to the Australasian Naval Squadron are fit for duty in the event of an emergency arising? '

Senator PLAYFORD - I am not in a position to answer the honorable senator, but 1 believe that there are only two classes of vessels which can be considered absolutely efficient in naval warfare, namely, armoured cruisers and battleships. I believe that the vessels to which the honorable senator refers are only ordinary cruisers.

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