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Wednesday, 28 July 1920

Mr HUGHES - I lay on the table a statement giving the information asked for by the honorable member, which is as follows : -

Salaries of Commissioner and Staff, £110,730; incidental expenditure (including cables, rent, upkeep, taxes, advertising, &c. ), £279,318; total, £390,048. Cost of erection of Australia House (including purchase of site), £913,003; grand total, £1,303,051.

In connexion with the cost of the erection of AustraliaHouse, it may be mentioned that the claims of certain contractors to be indemnified for losses owing to war conditions are at pre sent under investigation. The claims in question are being made the subject of exhaustive inquiry by His Majesty's Commissioner of Works, London, and it has been decided to pay on the basis of actual proved cost.

It is estimated that the additional amount involved is about £60,000.

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