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Tuesday, 31 July 1906

Mr WILKINSON (Moreton) .- In Queensland, the Auditor-General is placed in a stronger position than that officer seems to occupy under the Bill. I do not think that an Auditor-General should be subservient to the will of a Minister. He should be able to carry out his duties without fear of political interference, and should be given virtually as much freedom of action as is enjoyed by a Supreme Court Judge. The Commonwealth reposes confidence in its Auditor-General in relation to the just and honest auditing of accounts. I shall be prepared to vote against the clause. The Auditor-General should be in a position to audit the accounts inaccordance with his own views as to the proper practice to be followed in the public interest.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 12 agreed to.

Progress reported.

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