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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
Page: 2134

Mr EWING (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The honorable member informed me that he intended to ask a question on this matter, and I have obtained a reply, which reads as follows: -

The rifles were supplied as ordered, viz., the latest War Office pattern, as issued to the British Army. The cut-off is apparently not issued to army authorities. The cut-off is omitted from this pattern, but a space is left so that it can be fitted if required. The Commonwealth military authorities have recommended that the rifle with cut-off fitted is more suitable for our forces than without the cut-off, and steps are being taken to obtain them and fit them to the rifles on issue. Future supplies will have the cut-off attached.

The honorable member will see that the rifles were supplied to order, and that, therefore, we must accept the full responsibility.

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