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Friday, 31 October 1913

Senator MILLEN (New South WalesMinister of Defence) . - In regard, to the aviation corps, certain officials were appointed by the previous Government whose business it is to act as instructors, and certain machines were purchased. We are engaged now in erecting on the site that has been provided those buildings which are necessary to enable the officers to utilize their machines and set to work for the purpose for which they were brought here. The item of £10,000 is required ;or putting up the first instalment of the buildings and levelling the ground. Some levelling will be required, fencing and internal roads will be necessary, and, in addition to that, the buildings to be erected are sheds or hangars to accommodate the machines, an engineshop, a repair shop, a surgery, and other buildings necessary to give the officers and the machines the opportunity of starting on the business for which they were brought here. It is not contemplated, with this item, to make any addition to the flying fleet until those officers have got to work with the plant they have. Once they are engaged on that work, then the time will be ripe, I think, to consider what further purchases should be made, and to what extent those purchases should go. At present it is thought desirable to get to work the plant we have before we add to it.

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