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Friday, 31 October 1913

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I differentiate between the Government owning horses for artillery purposes and breeding them. As regards the specific question raised by Senator Rae, I have no hesitation in saying that there is no intention on the part of this Government to do anything in the direction of horse-breeding. My predecessor did purchase one or two mares for the purpose of making an initial effort.

Senator Pearce - Absolutely no!

Senator MILLEN - I see a number of foals on the stock list.

Senator Pearce - They came from mares which were bought for artillery purposes, and were in foal at the time of the purchase. The Minister has been misinformed, if ho was advised to the effect that mares were bought for breeding purposes.

Senator Findley - Another mare's nest.

Senator MILLEN - At any rate, the mares are there, and the foals are there. I certainly do not intend to make arrangements for the breeding of horses for military purposes. Whilst cordially approving of the idea of purchasing our own horses, I do not believe that we can breed as economically as we can purchase. No horse-breeder will deny that in order to breed horses of a particular type you will have to breed a very much larger number than you require. It is only one out of half-a-dozen that will be suitable for the particular purpose. I do not believe that the Defence Department can breed horses as profitably as it can buy them in the open market, because it only requires horses of a particular kind to meet its requirements.

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