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Thursday, 22 August 1912

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) - - There are three items to which I may refer, Nos. 19, 20, and 21. Item 19 is a vote of £9,500 for the Small Arms Factory at Lithgow. Is that work not completed yet? I was under the impression that all the expenditure necessary was provided for in the last Estimates. It may be that the money now required is for unexpected additions. Item 20 involves an expenditure of £[1,000 on improvements and water SUpPlY of the military site at

Liverpool. Is that what we know in Sydney as the military encampment area? If so, a question is involved as to the expenditure of money upon it. My recollection is that the area belongs partly to the State and partly to private owners, and is used by the military for encampment and manoeuvre purposes. Negotiations were in progress some time ago to enable the Commonwealth to procure proprietary rights. It is desirable, before any money is spent, that some definite arrangement should be made to enable the Commonwealth to become either the proprietor of the land, or to have an agreement that will give security for the money we spend upon it. Item 21 is one of £[10,000 for the site for remount depot for artillery horses at Liverpool. ls that site within the Liverpool encampment area ? It is undesirable to spend a considerable sum of money on an area over which we have no control. At the time I last inquired, it was not at all certain that we should remain there.

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