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Tuesday, 21 May 1985
Page: 2271


Senator PETER RAE(8.59) —I thank the Minister and simply say that I would regret the day when the Parliament, in looking at the Estimates, was not interested in pursuing the question of how expenditure of a significant magnitude can take place and produce nothing of any benefit. Alternatively, if it produced some benefits perhaps we may be able to find out what they were. I have pursued the matter in that spirit and I thank the Minister for his co-operation. I am content to leave the matter of Australia Post with those undertakings from the Minister and with the spirit of co-operation that the Minister has shown.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

GROUP E

Department of Resources and Energy

Proposed expenditure, $1,171,000.

Attorney-General's Department

Proposed expenditure, $7,432,000.

Department of Special Minister of State

Proposed expenditure, $11,507,000.

Department of Foreign Affairs

Proposed expenditure, $22,921,000.

Department of Defence

Proposed expenditure, $248,811,000.