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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
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Mr KELLY (Wentworth) .- I -cordially support everything that has been suggested by the honorable member for Hindmarsh. The Treasurer should be prepared either to accept the safeguards of the New South Wales Act, or to agree to postpone the clause. If, on further investigation, he finds that in its present shape it is so lax as to be tantamount to a danger in the auditing of public accounts, it ought to be radically amended. If the clause gives the Auditor-General power to ignore an audit of important accounts, it ought to be radically amended. Parliament will know nothing about it. Why should we, in dealing with a Bill of this character, concerning the most important functions which this Parliament has to exercise, be subject to the good sense of any particular officer? Why not put down in black and white what we expect to be done ? Of course, we can trust the present Treasurer. We know that he would not do anything of a dangerous character in connexion with accounts. We all recognise his extreme care where millions are concerned. What is the audit of " a million " pounds to the right honorable member? But other Treasurers may not be so extremely prudent. We certainly ought not to entrust so -dangerous a .power to any officers I heartily indorse every word that has fallen from the honorable member for Hindmarsh, and I am glad that he brought up this matter.

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