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Thursday, 22 August 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - It is true that the money for the Toowoomba rifle range was voted last year. But we had to obtain the land from the State Government. The piece required is known as the " Police paddock." The State Government raised difficulties, and it was some time before we could get them to agree to hand the land over to us. The difficulty has now been overcome, and we shall be able to spend the money.

Senator SAYERS (QUEENSLAND) - - That is satisfactory.

Senator PEARCE - The Ennogera rifle range is the principal rifle range for the metropolitan area, Brisbane. The amount set down is £4,000. We shall not be able to spend that money at all in the sense of doing the work ourselves. The reason is that at the present time the Ennogera range is at some distance from the means of communication. The riflemen have urged the Commonwealth Government to make arrangements to enable them to reach the range more conveniently. A railway is being constructed bv the State Government in that direction, and we have undertaken to pay this sum to the State Government on condition that they make a deviation with their railway to give connexion with the rifle range. We cannot hasten the work. We have to wait until the State is ready to do it. It would be folly for the Commonwealth to build this little bit of a railway. The State will make the line, and we will pay for the deviation.

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