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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA.

DEFENCE DEPARTMENT. MEMORANDUM BY THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR DEFENCE ON THE ESTIMATES OF THE DEFENCE DEPARTMENT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR, 1905-6.

Presented by Command; ordered to be printed, 29 th August, ] 9 C 5 .

[O ust o f P a p e r .—Preparation not given ; 900 copies ; approximate cost of printing* and publishing, £7 10s.]

D e p a r t m e n t o f D e f e n c e ,

Melbourne, 29th August, 1905.

I.- DEFENCE ESTIMATES, 1904-5. 1. For the financial year 1904-5, the appropriation for the Defence Department amounted to £592,127. The expenditure was £558,503, showing a saving of £33,624. A saving of £30,000 was anticipated on the Defence Yote, and £14,000 on the Vote for

Additions, New Works, and Buildings under the control of the Department of Home Affairs, and this total saving of £44,000 was, by permission of the Treasurer, utilized to purchase special Defence material, making the expenditure on that Vote, Division 6/1, £174,000.

2. Appendix A furnishes a comparative statement of the Estimates and the Actual Expenditure on the Central Administation and Military Forces for 1904-5, under the various Branches, and respective States.

II.—DEFENCE ESTIMATES, 1905-6. 3. The Estimates for 1905-6 amount to £591,431, being a decrease of £696 on the Estimates of 1904-5. 4. Appendix B furnishes a comparative statement of the Estimates of Expendi­ ture on the Central Administration and the Military Forces for the financial years

1904-5 and 1905-6, class'fied under the States, and under the various heads of expendi­ ture. This table is furnished with a column of reference (which is repeated on the Estimates), so that any provision on the Military Estimates can he readily traced to

the head of expenditure under which the Department has charged it. 5. The total decrease of £696 for this financial year in the Defence Estimates is under the following headings :— £

Central Administration .. .. .. .. .. .. 1,126

Military Forces .. .. .. .. .. .. · · 1,919

Less Increase—Gratuities Naval Forces

Total Decrease

£3,045

£1,450 899

-------- 2,349

N O . 3 0 . — F . 8754.

2

Central Administration .. .. Decrease, £1,126.

6. The new system of administration and control of the Defence Forces under the Defence Acts 1903-4 came into operation on the 12th January, 1905, consisting of a Council of Defence, a Naval Board, a Military Board, an Inspector-General of the Military Forces, and a Director of the Naval Forces. This practically amalgamated

the Civil and Military Branches of the Defence Administration. There is a decrease on the Estimates for last year for Pay of £14. The actual decrease is, however, £552, as provision was made on last year's Estimates for only half the year for the General Officer Commanding and his Secretary ; and provision will be

made on Supplementary Estimates for the pay of the Inspector-General and Staff Officer from 1st January, 1905. There is a decrease under Contingencies of £612, and £150 under Postage and Telegrams, as it is considered that economy can be effected under the new system of administration. No expenditure was incurred in connexion with the £500 voted last year for Board of Advice and Special Committees.

Provision of £650 is made for Officers sent abroad for instruction and attending Staff College. Gratuities .. .. .. .. . . £1,450.

Gratuities equal to one year’s pay are provided for Colonel T. Price, C.B., and Lieut.-Col. M. W. Bayly, who have been retired. Naval Forces . . . . . . Increase, £899.

7. As was done last year, provision is again made under Division 43, Subdivision 2, New South Wales Naval Forces, for £1,000 for Continuous Training in the gunboat Protector. At present, there is no vessel available to afford any means for the drilling and instruction of the Naval Brigade at Sydney, and it is proposed to again send the

Protector from South Australia to Sydney for a certain period, when the members of the New South Wales Naval Forces will be drilled on board. ' Last year’s training was highly successful. In Victoria provision is made for an additional officer in the Permanent Force and for an increase of 139 to the Naval Militia. In Queensland there is an increase of one warrant officer in the Permanent Force. In South Australia there is an increase of fourteen to the Naval Militia. In Western Australia and Tasmania it is proposed to raise Naval Militia for the purpose of examination services.

Military Forces and Central Administration Decrease, £3,045. 8. The increases and decreases are under the following headings :— Increase. Decrease. . . . £ £

Central Administration—Pay .. .. .. — 14

Accounts and Pay Branch .. .. ■ — 178

Permanent Forces (including Instructional Staff) .. 3,543 —

Militia Forces . . .. .. .. .. — 2,557

Volunteers .. .. .. .. .. — 2,562

Cadets .. .. .. .. .. 7,170 —

Rifle Clubs .. .. .. .. .. — 936

Camps and Schools of Instruction , . .. 3,340 —

Maintenance of Existing Arms and Equipment .. 3,868 —

Artillery Ammunition . . .. .. .. — 8,514

Small Arm Ammunition .. .. .. 6,410 —

Warlike Stores . . .. .. . . — 9,470

General Contingencies .. .. .. .. — 1,766

General Services .. .. .. .. — 1,199

Postage and Telegrams .. . . .. .. — 600

Railway and Steamer Fares and Freight . . .. 420 —

24,751 27,796

Decrease .. 27,796

Increase .. .. 24,751

Net Decrease .. 3,045

The following remarks are submitted as to these alterations :— Accounts and Pay Branch . . .. Decrease, £178.

9. This decrease is due to the transfer of an officer to the Department of Trade and Customs.

305

Permanent Forces (including Instructional Staff) .. Increase, £3,543. 10. This is accounted for under the following headings :— Increase. Decrease. £ £

Head-Quarters and District Staffs 179 —

Royal Australian Artillery .. 13 —

Australian Engineers .. .. 1.261 —

Australian Army Service Corps .. — 145

Australian Army Medical Corps .. — 131

Ordnance Department . . .. 1,354 —

Itille Range Staff . . .. 63 —

instructional Staff .. .. 949 —

3,819 276

Increase .. 3,819

Decrease .. 276

Net Increase 3,543

11. The increase under Head-Quarters and District Staffs is to provide for incre­ ments to officers and military clerks. In January last, the garrison at Thursday Island was strengthened by the transfer of twelve men from Victoria and sixteen men from New South Wales. The vacancies occasioned by these transfers have not yet been filled,

although provision has been made for the increased personnel at Thursday Island. The increase of £1,261 to the Engineers is accounted for by the provision for increase of eighteen to the personnel, eight in New South A?ales and ten in Victoria. This increase is necessary to enable the Corps to maintain the mines, apparatus, &c., in an

efficient condition. The increase of £1,354 under Ordnance Department is to provide for an increase of four in personnel, namely, one in Victoria, one in Queensland, and two in Western Australia. The officer carrying out the duties of Senior Ordnance Officer in Western Australia, has previously been paid from the Instructional Staff vote. Increments and

arrears of increments have also been provided in accordance with the reclassification and amended reclassification of the Public Service Commissioner. Instructional Staff .. .. .. Increase, £949.

Provision is made for an increase of eight in personnel, as follows :— New South Wales ... ... ... 1

Victoria ... ... ... ... 3" (2 for the Cadets)

South Australia ... ... ... 3

Tasmania ... ... ... ... 1

> S

Militia Forces .. .. .. Decrease, £2,557.

12. The decreased provision of £2,557 is caused by a deduction of £27,162 having been made from Militia pay, which amount it is estimated will be unearned in 1905-6. There is an actual increase in personnel of 949, as follows :— Increase in

Personnel.

Thursday Island ... ... ... —■

New South Wales ... ... ... 191

Victoria ... ... ... ... 301

Queensland ... ... ... ... 136

South Australia ... ... ... 38

Western Australia ... ... ... 91

Tasmania .. ... ... ... 192

949

The increased personnel provided for the various corps is as follows :— Australian Light Horse .. .. .. .. .. 226

Artillery .. . . .. .. .. . . .. 143

Engineers .. . . .. .. .. .. .. 55

Infantry .. . . .. .. ., .. .. 70

Army Service Corps . . .. .. .. . . . . 44

Corps of Signallers . . .. .. . . .. . . 284

Army Medical Corps . . .. .. . . . . .. 127

949

" The above are required to complete units in the establishment of the Corps shown.

4

Volunteer Forces .. .. .. Decrease, £2,562.

13. There is an actual increase in personnel of 313, but the Vote for Contingencies has been reduced to the actual estimated requirements for this year. Cadets .. .. .. .. .. Increase, £7,170.

14. Provision is made, not only for the Cadets at present serving in the different States, but also for the formation of new corps under the proposed Cadet system. Rifle Clubs . . . . . . . . Decrease, £936.

15. This is due to the necessary provision for Small Arm Ammunition being less than last year. Increased amounts have been provided for railway travelling. Camps and Schools of Instruction .. .. Increase, £3,340. 16. To provide for Concentrated Camps being held during 1905-6.

Maintenance of Existing Arms and Equipment Increase, £3,863. 17. Extra provision required for Great Coats, Engineer Stores, &c. Artillery Ammunition .. .. Decrease, £8,514.

. 18. £7,413 of this amount was provided last year for payment into Revenue for Ammunition for Guns, transferred from South Australia to New South Wales and Victoria. Small Arm Ammunition .. .. Increase, £6,410.

19. Necessary to maintain the reserve of Small Arm Ammunition. Warlike Stores .. .. .. Decrease, £9,470.

20. Principally owing to conversion, alterations, and improvements to guns not being necessary this year.

General Contingencies . . .. Decrease, £1,766.

21. Estimate based on last year’s expenditure. General Services .. .. .. Decrease, £1,199.

22. Estimate based on last year’s expenditure. Postage and Telegrams . . .. Decrease, £600.

23. Estimated the amount provided will be sufficient.

Railway and Steamer Fares, Freight, dc. Increase, £420. 24. Increase in New South Wales necessary to cover requ'rements for efficient instruction of troops.

The Expenditure on States.

25. The total estimated expenditure in the several States for the Naval and Military Forces for the year 1905-6, as compared with that for the financial year 1904-5, is as shown in the following table (exclusive of “ Other Expenditure ” chargeable to the several States on a per capita basis)

S ta te .

I 1 1904-5.

I

1905-6.

1

N aval. M ilitary .

1

T o tal. 1 N aval.

I j M ilitary.

I

T o tal.

£ £ £ £ £ £

New South Wales .. 5,515 171,504 177,019 5,470 169,736 175,206

Victoria . . . . 19,934 163,364 183,298 20,849 162,096 182,945

Queensland .. 14,597 77,920 92,517 14,650 71,660 86,310

South Australia . . 5,864 40,237 46,101 6,367 43,895 50,262

Western Australia 31,113 31.113 182 31,029 31,211

Tasmania .. 1 23,047 23,047 91 23,784 23,875

Totals .. 45,910 507,185 553,095 47,609 502,200 549,809

26. Appendix C shows the strength of the Military Forces on 30th June, 1905, and the numbers as provided for on Estimates 1905-6. 27. Appendix I) gives the establishment of the Naval Forces on the 1st March, 1901, and on the Estimates for the years 1902-3, 1903-4, 1904-5, and 1905-6 ; also the strength on 30th June, 1905.

T. PLAYFORD, Minister of State for Defence.

eX o.

C om pa ra tive S t a tem en t of E stim a ted a n d A c tual E x p e n d it u r e , 1904- d.

S o u th A ustralia.

W estern A u stralia.

T asm ania. T otals.

Esti- E x pen- E s ti- E x pen.

d itu re-E sti- E x p e n ­

d itu re.

E s ti­ m ate.

E x p e n ­ d itu re.

£ £ £ £ £ £ £

14,356

£

14,894

610 585 450 414 330 310 5,914 5,452

1,575 2,309 239

1.610 110

1,549 2,139 239

1.532 110

1,550

50

440 104

1,409

' 50

417 104

1,435 1.227 230

715

1,432 1.161 212

(367

14,282 85,553 15.393 2,159

2,199 17,597 1,804

13,519 79,321 15,153 1,994

1,970 16,795 1,788

5,843 5.569 2,144 1.980 3,607 3,472 138,987 130,540

2,330 2,318 3,120 3,028 2,810 2,746 41,904 40,604

9,620 2,656 884

13,16 -

9,056 2,654 641

12,351

5,424 1,496 8 8 6

7,806

3,299 1,494 764

5,557

4,260 1,187 503

5,950

4,638 1,774 402

6,814

110.622 30,265 10,087

150,974

99,179 30,790 8,591

138,560

92

1.612 113

91

1.344 113

183

2,024 486

183

1,575 440

142

1,863 129

91

1,074 101

1,057 14,906 1,861

950

11,928 1,543

1,817 1,548 2,693 2,198 2,134 1,266 17,824 14,421

2 0 0 176 2.652

235

2,231 235

200 176 2,887 2,466

160 956

1,270

160 956 815

5*370 1,030

5*370 961

554 210

554 n o

1.162 33,900 16,440

1,113 33,900 13,661

2,386 1,931 6,400 6,331 764 664 51,502 48,674

19,693 18,148 20,019 17,114 11,858 1 1 .6 6 6 265,091 244,725

1,800 1,400

1,524 1,309

1,800 629

1,796 455

1,000 900

1,115 535

20.960 12,321

19,254 10,211

655

5,930

630

5,930

600

1,020

600

1 ,0 2 0

626

1 ,2 2 0

626

1 ,2 2 0

18,094 16,750

19,856 16,710

6,585 6,560 1.620 1,620 1,846 1.846 34,844 36,566

50

1.630 226 250

2,150

50

1,528 208 181

2,078

1,250 1,340 261 200 1,400

1,246 1,371 362 186

1,414

1.500 1,125 231 150

500

1,499 950 134 149

581

10,695 18,850 4,239 2,930

16,230

8,753 17,101 3,924 2,437 16,905

40,237 37,740 31,113 27,958 23,047 22,257 545,417 510,762

CO o

J. A. THOMPSON, Chief Accountant.

j W estern

A ustralia. Tasm ania. Totals.

1905-0. | 1 9 04-5. ! 1 905-6. ! 1904-5. 1 905-6.

£ £ ; £ £ £

_ ■■ 1 ·â–  !

; ·â– 

655 j 450 |

j

470

j

330 ! 375 j

1,635 1.550 | 1,540 1,435 1 1,545

2,288 j 1,227

230

1.156

274 50 i

1

50 J 251

1,624 440 816 715 747

110 i 104 104

5,931 | 2,144 2.510 3.607 3,699

2,695 3.120 ; 3.115 2,810 i 3,055 |

9,285 5.424 5.500 4,260 : 5.500

2,73·' 1.496 2.064 1.187 2,080

784 886 855 503 628

12,801 7.806 8,419 5,950 8.208

92 183 183 142 i 183

1,430 2,024 1 ,648

517

1,863 1.567

113 486 129 ! 194

1,641 2.693 2,348 2.134 1.944

200 2 0 0

800 500 300

800 500 200 500

160

5,400 5,370 2.700 554 '•290

1,490 l 1.030 1.254 210 315

7,050 j 6.400 3,954 764 605

24,987 20,019 18,336 1 11,858 14.312

1,800 ! 1,800 2 .0 0 0 1 ,0 0 .) 1,400

1,340 629 1.340 900 693

655 600 600 626 325

4.860 : 1 ,0 2 0 1 2.700 1 ,2 2 0 430

5,515 1.620 3.300 1.846 755

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1 . .

1 1.560

1.250 1.340 1.245

1,500 1,125

530 925

207 261 408 231 165

200 1 2 0 0 170 150 130

; 1.700 1.400 1.250 500 800

I 43,895 i 31.113 31.029 23,047 23,784

£

14.356

14,282 85,553 15,393 2,159

2,199 17,597 1.804

138.987

41.904

£

14.342

14.461 85,566 16,654 2.014 |

2i068 18.951 1,867

141,581

42,853

110.622 105.735 30.265 33,014

10,087 ! 9,668

150.974 I 148,417

1,057 14.906 1.861

2.652 235

1,006 12,633 1.623

15,262

2,472 7,585

2,887 I 10.057

1,162 33.900 16.440

20,960 12,321

18,094

1,297 31.340 17,929

50,566

267,155

24,300 16,189

9.580 23,160

I 34,844 | 32,740

: 10.695

18,850 4,239 2,930

i « o o n

1,225 17,084 3.040

2,330 16,650 16,230

23,784 1 545,417 542.372

J. A. THOMPSON; C h i e f M i M UtM lt

A P P E N D IX C.

CO M M O N W E A L T H M IL IT A R Y F O R C E S .—T able show ing s tre n g th on 30th J u n e , 1905, a n d E sta b lish m e n t provided on E stim a te s, 1905-6.

ARM OR D EPARTM ENT.

State, Etc.

C entral A d m in istratio n

New South Wales .. P e rm a n e n t ..

M ilitia . . . .

V olunteers ..

T o tal X. S. W . . .

Victoria— P e rm a n e n t ..

M ilitia . . . .

V olunteers . .

T o ta l V icto ria ..

Queensland— P e rm a n e n t . .

M ilitia . . . .

V olunteers . .

T o ta l Q ueensland

South Australia— P e rm a n e n t ..

M ilitia . . ..

V olunteers . .

T o tal S. A u stralia

W estern Australia— P e rm a n e n t . .

M ilitia . . ..

V olunteers ..

T o tal W . A ustralia

T asmania— P erm a n e n t . .

M ilitia . . ..

V olunteers . .

T o tal T asm ania

Total— P erm an en t . .

M ilitia . . . .

V olunteers . .

G rand T otals . .

— -

M ounted Troops. A rtillery .

E ngineers. In fa n try .

A rm y Service C orps of

Signallers A rm y M edical Corps.

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g’S 8 8 E stim ates,

1905-6.

(«) Field.

(6)

G arrison.

11

E stim ates, 1905-6.

I S tren g th , 30.6.1905.

E stim ates, 1905-6.

II 18

3 1=9 1!

is I s

I E stim ates, | 1905-6.

II 11

1

' l l

W h

s 11 E stim ates,

1905-6.

5 S

$=c 8 8 E stim ates,

1905-6.

1,544 1,704

37

266

36 308

238 338

262 374

37

276

44 288 1,999

2,199

2,047 2,464

12

142

13

151 76

10

187 23

10

202 26

1,544 1,704 303 344 576 636 313 332 4,198 4,511 154 164 76

220 238

1,315 1,428

35

374

36 390

195 6S4

201 689

33

190

43

218 1,938

812

2,047 1,022

•58 *58 76

5

71 26

5

126 26

1,315 1,428 409 426 879 890 223 261 2,750 3,069 58 58 76

102 157

865 938

36

144

36

156

142 132

144 185

11 56

11

102 1,130

127

1,269 135

" s 52 52 134 15 146 16

865 938 180 192 274 329 67 113 1,257 1,404 8 52 52

149 162

516 562 "06 "76

21

102

21

105

1 1

480 529

512 631

’ *8 " *8 31 "09

16

*70 16

516 562 66 76 123 126 1 1 1,009 1,143 8 8 31 85 86

275 ··

296 104 152

36 57

36 79

1 1

194 533

451 721 " 9

20 "l

8

35

275 296 104 152 93 115 1 1 727 1,172 9 20 9 35

I 139 250 89 132

12 12

80

1

52

1

59 454

405

451 782

29 34 *39

139 250 89 132 12 92 53 60 859 1,233 29 34 39

4,654 5,178

108

1,043

108

1,214

644

1,313

676

1,512

84

574

101 667 6,195

4,605

6,777 5,755

12

216

13

269 9

284

15

496 88

15

618 84

4,654 5,178 1,151 1,322 1,957 2,188 658 768 10,800 12,532 228 291 284 599 717

V eterin a ry D ep artm e n t,

O rdnance D ep artm en t.

i s

40

43

43

16

16

11

11

3

3

5

δ

118

5

122

Totals. A d m in istra tiv e

In s tru c tio n a l

P a y D ep t., Rifle R anges, a n d Clubs,

G ran d T otals.

" Staffs. • Staffs, &e.

5 § £c3

E stim ates, 1905-6.

f ’g = s α> ιό

88 E stim ates,

1905-6.

!l il E stim ates,1905-6. a> C D 88

I II m 3

23 20 23 20

— — — — — —

374 406 84 87 14 14 472 507

4,756 5,157 4,756 5,157

2,222 2,490 2,222 2,490

7,352 8,053 84 87 14 14 7,450 8.154

— —

311 328 58 60 14 15 383 403

4,637 5,039 4,637 5,039

838 1,048 838 1,048

5,786 6,415 58 60 14 15 5,858 6,490

205 208 49 49 9 8 263 265

2,472 . 2,905 2,472 2,905

142 151 142 151

2,819 3,264 49 49 9 8 2.877 3,321

33 33 17 20 5 5 55 58

1,242 1,366 1,242 1,366

545 647 545 647

1,820 2,046 17 20 5 5 1,842 2,071

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40 42 19 20 3 3 62 65

631 1.033 631 1,033

542 731 542 731

1,213 1,806 19 20 3 3 1,235 1,829

— — — —

18 18 21 22 2 2 41 42

768 1,040 768 1,040

405 783 405 783

1,191 1,841 21 22 2 2 1,214 1,865

981 1,035 271 278 47 47 1,299 1,360

14,506 16,540 14,506 16,540

4,694 5,850 4,694 5,850

20,181 23,425 271 278 47 47 20,499 23,750

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DEFENCE DEPARTM ENT.—NAVAL FORCES.

Statement of Establishments of Officers and others on 1st March, 1901, and on the Estimates for the Financial Years 1902- 3, 1903- 4, 1904- 5, and 1905-6 ; also Strength on 30th June, 1905.

State.

On Transfer, 1st March, 1901. 1902-3. 1903-4.

Permanent Forces.

Naval Militia.

Total Estimated Cost.

Permanent Forces.

Naval Militia.

I

s i s Permanent

Forces.

Naval Militia.

Total Estimated

£ £ £

New South W ales . . .. 7 301 10,107 3 440 5,885 3 377 4,917

V ictoria . . . . .. 157 152 27,181 115 152 19,707 107 117 19,228

Queensland .. . . .. 55 729 23,839 43 538 15,084 42 521 13,072

S outh A ustralia . . . . 21 166 9,710 20 152 5,848 20 135 5,759

W estern A ustralia . . ..

T asm ania . . . . . .

T otals . . . . 240 1,348 70,337 181 1,282 46,524 172 . 1,150 42,976

1904-5. 1905-0.

A c tu a l S tre n g th , 3 0 tli J u n e , 1905.

, 1 g

111 P e rm a n e n tF orces. « 5

5Ξ |

a s | T o ta l

E s tim a te d C ost.

| P e rm a n e n t

j F orces.

ii

£ £

5,715 3 339 5,470 3 339

20,134 108 255 20,849 106 108

14,797 42 352 14,650 40 318

6,064 22 119 6,367 22 105

26 182

13 91

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46,710 Γ! 175 1,104 j 47,609 171 i 70