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Saturday, 16 December 1905

Mr CROUCH (Corio) - I wish to know something with regard to the item " Cost of locating Wakatipu rock in Bass Straits, £283"? This is the first time, so far as I am aware, that such an item has appeared on either the Commonwealth Estimates, or those of any of the States. The British Admiralty used to perform such work, and I wish to know whether we are now expected to defray the cost of marine survey work, because we are subsidizing the Australian Squadron?

Sir John Forrest - The British Admiralty do not undertake to make our marine surveys for us.

Mr CROUCH - They have never previously charged us for them.

Sir John Forrest - Oh,yes, the Western Australian Government has paid the British authorities many thousands of pounds for performing such work.

Mr CROUCH - If the money has been paid, will the Treasurer undertake to see that it is deducted from next year's Naval Subsidy ?

Sir John Forrest - No, certainly not.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Divisions 15, 17, and 17A (AttorneyGeneral's Department). £135, agreed to.

Divisions 18 and 21 to 24 (Department of Home Affairs), , £17,545, agreed to.

Divisions 25, 27, and 28 (Department of the Treasury), , £10.082.

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