| COST OF EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. f PROBLEM OF PACIFIC DEFENCE. he Federal Budget, which was delivered the Prime Minister (Mr Andrew Fisher) he House of Representatives, Melbourne, December 5, contains interesting details the estimated expenditure on the Ausian Expeditionary Force, and also a rcfcici.oe to the problem of Pacific Defence. The estimated expenditure upon the military forces for 1914-15, exclusive of additions, new works, and miscellaneous expenditure. is £12,254,590, of which £10,607,500 is provided to meet expenditure duo to the war. The balance, £1,646.990, represents an increase of £108,446 on the actual expenditure under the corresponding votes of the previous financial year. The sum of £9,800,000 included in the Estimates is intended to cover all expenditure in connection with the Expeditionary Forces raised for Service abroad up to June 30 next, and is based on the assumption that the present war will continue during the remainder of this financial year, and that npp.uxiinatcly 42,000 troops will he despatched during tins period. The above amount is made up as follows: Pay and field allowance £4,840,000 Rations, including preserved rations 550,000 Horses ... 475,000 Equipment, including ride machine guns, accoutrements, harness and saddlery, vehicles, and gene; a! stores 765,000 Clothing and kit 564,000 Mechanical transport 200,000 Forage 70,000 Technical equipment of field artillery 96 000 Ammunition for field artillery ... 91,00J Concentration and training pr’or to embarkation 40,00 r Transport 2.000, PC Miscellaneous expenditure 108,000 Total £9,800,000 In all, 107,900 ofliccrs and men have been mobilised dining the war; 22,373 officers and men ’nave already been sent to the from, and 16,500 of all ranks are, now in (raining for service abroad. There arc also 6 800 In training for home defence. It is expected that 13.090 will have Australia during (ho current month, and that 5,000 in addition will be despatched every two months. AH men offering for cnlutmeut a.© being trained and cqnpm-d. It. has been suggested (hat wo should send a number of men to England, with the view that they could be trained and equipped by the liiitisb Government, but we i rc rendering far more effective assistance by sending only drilled and equipped soldiers. —F’.ccl Construction.— Tho Naval College buildings at Jervis Bay will shortly bo ready for occupation, and the college will be removed fiom North Geelong to Jervis Bay in January. “ For fleet, construction, of the sum of £750,000 provided on tho Estimates, £500,000 is to meet payment of the balance of the cost of ships of tho fleet unit and fleet auxiliaries, and £250,000 will be devoted loI wards new construction of a light cruiser, as to tho typo of which the Admiralty is being consulted. Experience during this war supports the evidence gathered in time of I peace: that modern clficio.nl sea defence in i the South Pacific is essential for the safety and general welfare of His Majesty’s Dominions. Jlear, hoar.) —Tho Dominions’ Co-operation.— H is the hone of this Government, that (he day is not far distant when tho sister Dominion of New Zealand, whilst maintaining its identity unimpaired, will be more closely associated with the Commonwealth in the creation and maintenance of effective defence in a common sphere of action. One effect of tho war will probably be to bring us new treaties and obligations in tho Pacific. Wo can hardly hope that our problems of government will be fewer or less difficult than they have hitherto been: but it is hoped that the Governments of the Dominions will give to each other, without loss of time, opportunity for a. full and trank exchange of views upon these matters of the highest national importance.
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AUSTRALIAN ARMY, Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914
AUSTRALIAN ARMY Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914
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