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Wednesday, 23 October 1912

Senator McDOUGALL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to ask the Minister of Defence if the following report in the Sydney Daily Telegraph has been brought under his notice--

An emphatic denial was given by the Minister of Defence to-day to the statement telegraphed from Sydney, that since 1st July it had been impossible, with all the permanent artillerymen that could be mustered, to man the guns at the Heads. " It is correct," said Senator Pearce, " that we have not yet a full complement of gunners, due to the sudden resignation of a number of the Australian Garrison Artillery, but the numbers are being brought up to the full establishment by the transfer of trainees.

If the report has been brought under the honorable senator's notice, I should like to ask him whether the two statements, which are so much at variance, are correct, and, further, how long he thinks it will take to make a trainee an artilleryman?

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