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Friday, 31 October 1913

Senator MILLEN (New South WalesMinister of Defence) . - I do not know that I need do more than assure the Committee that the mere fact that no action has been taken on the report of the Committee mentioned by Senator Pearce does not imply that I am at all indifferent to the important question which has been raised. Nor do I wish it to be understood that I was in any way reflecting upon the gentlemen who formed that Committee. But it does seem to me that they approached the subjectmatter of their inquiry from the technical side, and that it is necessary to supplement the information which they gathered. I frankly admit that this is one of the matters to which I have not been able seriously to address myself since I assumed control of the Defence Department. But I do not wish it to be understood that it is being overlooked. If I am in office as long as was my predecessor, there will be no necessity for this Committee to ask why there is no cordite factory iu existence in Australia.

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