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Friday, 31 October 1913

Senator BAKHAP (Tasmania) . - I should like some information on the item " Hobart and Launceston drill hall and boat shed, Naval Forces, £384. " Honorable senators representing the other States appear to be suffering from a plethora of good things. I find it necessary, as a representative of Tasmania, to adopt an Oliver Twist attitude, and ask for more. I should like to have some explanation of the singularly small sum put down here for Tasmania.

Senator Pearce - It is due to the fact that the late Government did the work for Tasmania. The amount the honorable' senator complains of is only the balance necessary to complete the work.

Senator BAKHAP - I see that £1,000 is put down for the same purpose at Albany.

Senator Pearce - That only means that Tasmania was favoured, and was given drill halls first.

Senator BAKHAP - I should be glad to hear that that is the explanation of the vote to which I have directed attention.

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