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Thursday, 22 August 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - The difficulty in the case referred to is that which has been suggested by Senator Buzacott himself. That is to say, we -have 'a limited number of inspectors who can be sent to rifle ranges. At present one inspector has to do the whole of the work for South Australia and Western Australia. That is a pretty big order. It means that the inspector can pay only rake visits to each State. That was the cause of the delay affecting the Black Range club. This year I am asking for a larger vote in order that an additional number of range inspectors may be appointed. We hope by that means that we shall be able to facilitate the work. Undoubtedly the staff is too limited at present, and that leads to delay.

Senator KEATING(Tasmania) [5.501 - I observe an item of £100 for Drill halls, Tasmania. Later on, under " new works," will be found an item of £500 for a drill hall at Geeveston, and another of £800 for a drill hall at Zeehan. Lt appears that £300 of the amount for Geeveston is a re-vote, while the £800 for Zeehan is entirely new. Are these two items separated from the item £100 for drill halls, which I mentioned first, because of the amounts involved ?

Senator Pearce - The item £100 for drill halls is on account of halls provided for in last year's Estimates.

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