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Friday, 31 October 1913

Senator MILLEN (New South WalesMinister of Defence) . - The item to which the honorable member has directed attention relates to the Military College. I am rather inclined to think that there has been a somewhat lavish expenditure in the erection and furnishing of these buildings. But in. regard to the estimate which is now submitted, I venture to say that there is not much room for extravagance. This expenditure is intended to cover, amongst other things, the construction of a hospital', the establishment of a heating installation, additions to barracks accommodation, a laundry plane,, storm-water drainage, roads, fences, and other similar improvements, . repairs and maintenance, and the ordinary additions to buildings already in existence. I have gone through the estimate very closely, because of the fear I entertained that previously money had been spent to an extent which was not justified. I have cut down the estimate as far as it could be cut down without in any way endangering the efficiency of the establishment;

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