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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - The item in question covers buildings and machinery supplied by the Department of Home Affairs, but not the machinery supplied by Pratt and Whitney. The machinery for the making of rifles is the subject of a contract entered into by the Defence Department. I presume that the amount to which the honorable senator has directed attention will represent the final payment on account of the machinery supplied by the Department of Home Affairs.

Senator Millen - Can the Minister tell us the amount of the previous payment?

Senator PEARCE - It was £34,949 for the year 1910-11.

Senator Millen - That is £54,000 altogether ?

Senator PEARCE - There is an item under the heading of "New Special Defence Provision," which reads "Small Arms Factory, £6,000." There was also an appropriation last year of £11,800 in this connexion, and an expenditure of £11,933. That amount was expended by the Defence Department. It is separate from the expenditure upon machinery to be supplied by Pratt and Whitney, although itis contingent on that supply. This amount must, therefore, be added to the sum to which I previously referred.

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