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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - So far as the Government is concerned, the site for the permanent Naval College has been definitely settled at Jervis Bay. The only proposition which is being investigated is the possibility of temporarily locating the College at a. site where there may be buildings suitable for the purpose. In that connexion certain sites were brought under our notice by various representatives of New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania, and also by the Premier of the last-named State. Captain Chambers has been investigating these sites solely with a view to reporting as to their suitability for temporary use. As regards the Tasmanian sites, Captain Chambers has not yet reported to me, and I think it is extremely unlikely that he has made any statement on the subject to the press. A paragraph appeared in the press that he had made some statement regarding temporary sites at Jervis Bay. He has denied that he made any such statement. I think that the statements referred to by Senator Keating are not correct.

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