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Thursday, 11 September 1913

Senator FINDLEY - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence whether the Cabinet have considered the advisableness of making an extended contract with the Union Steam-ship Company, and whether they have arranged for the construction of another vessel of the Loongana type?

Senator MILLEN - The whole question is under consideration.

Senator FINDLEY - The Leader of the Government said yesterday that a draft agreement was in course of preparation by the Crown Solicitor. Can the Minister of Defence give the Senate any information as to the lines upon which that agreement is based, and as to whether it provides for a better service ?

Senator MILLEN - During the progress of the negotiations it is not desirableto make any further statement than I have already made.

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