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Wednesday, 17 July 1912

Senator McDOUGALL (New South Wales) . - At the commencement of the sitting I asked a question of the Minister of Defence, who desired me to explain the point more fully on the adjournment. The facts are these : The Admiralty have employed at Garden Island a number of civilians as leading hands and in other capacities. When the Commonwealth takes over the Naval Depôt, some of these men will not be able to proceed with the Imperial naval authorities to New Zealand. I wish to know whether it is the intention of the Government to make arrangements for retaining them in the positions which they have occupied for twelve or fifteen years? The naval men will be compelled to go to New Zealand, but it should be optional for the others to go or not, as they please. They are resident in Sydney, and have their homes there. I trust that provision will be able to be made for them.

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