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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) .- There are a number of items in this division which relate to rifle ranges. The information I have in my possession is to the effect that at present the Commonwealth does not possess a range. Year after year we are expending money on ranges which we occupy at the will of private owners.

Mr Groom - The honorable member means to say that in some instances we do so.

Mr KELLY - The Minister must know that we have no rifle ranges on land possessed by the Commonwealth.

Mr Deakin - We own rifle ranges in Sydney and in Melbourne.

Mr KELLY - There may be one or two isolated instances in which we own the whole land on which rifle ranges have been established, but I wish to know whether the votes to which I refer are designed to secure to the Commonwealth the ownership of land, or whether they are simply in tended to provide for the erection of buildings on privately-owned land from which we may be ejected at very short notice.

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