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Wednesday, 1 August 1906


Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . -I wish to submit to honorable members the following amendments, which, I think, will give effect to their desires. If they will look at clause 10 they will find the words "once at least in every year or at such intervals as may be sanctioned by the Treasurer." I propose to introduce after the word " or " the words " in those cases in which the cost of the audit would be disproportionate to the amount involved," and then the clause would read on, " at such intervals as may be sanctioned by the Treasurer." If that amendment were accepted, those would" be the only cases in which the Treasurer could consent to dispensing with the detailed audit. Then, in order to meet the wishes of the honorable member for Hindmarsh, we might add at the end of the clause the words, " provided that a list of all such cases shall be published in the Government Gazette once in each year." Similar safeguards could be provided for in the next clause to meet the views of honorable members. I move -

Thatafter the word" or," line 5, the words " in those cases in which the cost of audit would be disproportionate to the amount involved," be inserted.







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