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Thursday, 6 September 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I think that the vote is ' sufficiently explicit. I could give an explanation with respect to every one of the items, but I cannot tell the honorable senator, for instance, to which States a certain quantity of saddletrees, bits and accoutrements will go. They will be provided wherever they are required. The field artillery guns and ammunition will be distributed to the different States as they are required, and every State will get its share, but I am unable to savhow many guns will go to one State and how many to another. In the same way the vote for camp equipment will cover the requirements for camps in the various States.

Senator Clemons - Could not these votes have been allocated in the same way as other defence votes in this schedule ?

Senator PLAYFORD - I do not think that they could be. These votes are required to carry out a scheme inaugurated by Major-General Hutton three years ago, and involving a total expenditure of over £500,000.

Senator Lt Col NEILD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Col. Gould. - Can the Minister say where the machine guns are to go?

Senator PLAYFORD - I cannot, I cannot say where the 10,000 magazine rifles and parts provided for are going. They will be distributed in the. various States in accordance with military requirements.

Senator Clemons - Is all this material in the- Commonwealth now? Senator PLAYFORD. - No ; it has not even been ordered, and will not be ordered until this vote is passed.

Schedule agreed to.

Postponed clauses 2 and 3 and Utile agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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