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Thursday, 7 December 1911

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - My attention has been directed to the paragraph in question, which is not quite accurate in statingthat a decision his actually been arrivedat. The position is that, as the various eligible sites suggested have been put beforeme, I. have referred them to Captain Chambers for report. His reports are still under the consideration of the Government. CaptainChambers will leave to-night to report on a suggested temporary site at Jer visBay, and in response to the. representations which have been" made by the Premier of Tasmania, . by the honorable senator, and by other representatives of that State, hewill proceed to Tasmania nextweekto report on suggested sites at Hobart and Launceston. No decision will be arrived1 at until all these siteshave been inspected.

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