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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr THOMPSON (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Inview of the great publicity being given by the Australian daily papers to various so-called picnics, and the repeated allegationthat the money of the taxpayers is to be wasted to enable a small number of honorablemembers in this House to go abroad during the recess for their health and recreation, will the Prime Minister inform this House, either now or before the session closes, of the actual arrangements, if any, made by or with the concurrence of the Government, for any trips both inside and outside Australia; and will he particularly give the House information of any projected touring excursion to Japan and the Mandated Territories, and state whether the Government intend to arrange and finance these trips, and whether the personnel of the parties is being arranged by the Government, and on what ground; and, finally, whether the Government will be able to give an assurance to the taxpayers that these trips will be worth the money spent on them, and in what way they will justify their expense?

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