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Wednesday, 10 September 1913

Senator MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Defence) - My attention has been drawn to the words I am reported to have used in the debate on the Supply Bill on the 27th August. I wish to say that, owing to the pressure of other work,' I had not an opportunity of making an alteration in the proof, and I assumed the words to be correct. The words I want to put right are these -

That minute was indorsed by all the other members of the Board.

I may, perhaps, be allowed to read the minute to make it quite clear wherein I erred. The minute I quoted was -

I consider that a large sum of money has been injudiciously expended At this base, and thnt this expenditure is still proceeding. I very strongly recommend that it be curtailed, and that the Director of Naval Works be instructed in writing to cut down expenditure to the limits laid down in the recent Board meeting, and communicate it to him then verbally.

Following that, I said, " That minute was indorsed by all the other members of the Board." I find that that statement is incorrect. The minute was written by one member, it is indorsed by the second naval member, the finance member indorsed only the last paragraph, and the first, member has not minuted the paper at all. It seemed to me that it was only fair, both to the Senate and to the officers concerned, that I should at the earliest possible moment make this explanation.


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