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Tuesday, 10 August 1926

Mr DUNCAN-HUGHES (Boothby) . - I feel at a disadvantage in following the distinguished officer who has preceded me in this debate, but I wish to congratulate him on his speech, as I congratulate the Parliament on having among its members so distinguished a soldier.

My object in participating in the debate is simply to make an acknowledgment. For two years while on the Estimates I have publicly requested the Minister for Defence to put into proper order a drain which passed through the grounds of the military headquarters, Keswick, South Australia. Its unsatisfactory condition had been a matter of complaint for many years. The work was originally done by the State authorities for the Commonwealth, and, although I do not suggest that a bad job was done deliberately, the fact of the matter is that the drain was insufficient to carry away flood waters. After every heavy rain storm, it overflowed into the adjacent houses of exsoldiers and soldiers' widows. The late member for Hindmarsh, Mr. Archibald, and the present member for Hindmarsh, Mr. Makin, both unsuccessfully endeavoured to get the department to reconstruct the drain; but I am glad to say that I was able to gain the sympathy of the present Minister for Defence, and that, after about fifteen years, this obviously necessary work has been done. No longer will my constituents who reside in that district be obliged to go out into. the cold and rain whenever a storm occurs, and come back to find their homes mouldy and damp. It is frequently necessary, even for Government supporters, to complain and to criticize Ministers, and I have had to do so during the last two years on this very matter; but I am glad now to acknowledge that this work, after being left undone for so many years, has been finished.

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