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Wednesday, 16 September 1936

Senator COOPER (Queensland) . - I should like some explanation of the amount of £8,670 set down under the heading " Works and Buildings " and of a similar sum for " Rent of Buildings ".

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [5.27].- The Department of the Interior acts as landlord for all departments. It is responsible for all painting, decorating, repairs and other maintenance of government buildings, and for the payment of rent for all departments.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Department of Defence.

Proposed vote,£825,980.

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