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Saturday, 16 December 1905

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understand that the votes included in these Estimates represent moneys which have been spent some time ago.

Sir John Forrest - Yes; the year before last and last year.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I presume there is nothing out of the ordinary in them.

Sir John Forrest - I do not know of anything.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I have .glanced through the items cursorily, and I can find nothing that is not ordinarily included insupplementary votes. One really has to take matters largely upon trust from the Government at the fag end of the session. Measures are thrown before us without the slightest time for consideration, and there appears to be nothing left for us to do but to agree to or reject them. I take the Treasurer's assurance that the items included in these Estimates are the ordinaryitems of expenditure usually appearing in> supplementary votes.

Sir John Forrest - So far as I know,, they are.

Proposed votes agreed to.

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