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Friday, 31 October 1913

Senator MILLEN (New South WalesMinister of Defence) . - Nothing isknown in the Department in regard to any cessation of work at the Geelong woollen mills.

Senator Russell - The contractor had not the steel that he required.

Senator MILLEN - If any contractor has failed to supply any portion of the necessary materials, that failure can scarcely be designated a stoppage of work for which the Department is responsible. The fact that an amount of £85,000 has been placed upon these Estimates in connexion with the woollen mills is surely an indication that the Government are anxious to complete the work.

Senator Russell - Have the steel portions since arrived, or is work likely to be interrupted again?

Senator MILLEN - I cannot say. I will endeavour to see that the work is expedited, and I will obtain the desired information for the honorable senator early next week.

Senator Findley - How long will it be before the woollen mills are in working order ?

Senator MILLEN - I cannot say.

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