OUR NAVAL DEFENCES.
TO THE EDITOR. •Sir,—Your Friday's loader should convince rival politicians that nothing but •me fleet under the immediate control of the Admiralty is suitable for the Oversea nonunions. Australia cannot face (under brr present naval policy) in 22 years, to which she is committed, an expenditure of £88,500,000, to be followed by a recurring annual expenditure of some 4 J millions sterling. The present war has surely taught the oversea politicians (wo have few statesmen) that they cannot understand the delicacy of European diplomacy, which may ba fanned (as it was) into an instantaneous European war. To say the least, it is not playing the war game by Introducing political wrangling when tho Empire is 'fighting for its very existence. Would it not bo better to say by way of patriotic tonic: —
This England (Empire) never did. nor never shall. Lie afc the proud foot of a conqueror. A gifted map (says Pope) to party gave up what was meant for mankind, and this is what our leaders are doing.—l am. etc., F.M. November 25.
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OUR NAVAL DEFENCES., Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914