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Thursday, 19 July 1906

Mr TUDOR (for Mr. Maloney) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Does he consider it advisable in the in terests of Australian defence that our Forces should be armed with a rifle that is the equal in efficiency in every respect to the rifles adopted by foreign Powers?"

a.   If so, would the Minister of Defence have any objection to authorize that the modified short service rifle be compared and tested for efficiency witha more efficient design of the service rifle?

Mr EWING - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes. The rule followed in the past has been to adopt the rifle used in the British Army.

2.   The Minister would have no objection.

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