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Thursday, 24 November 1927

Mr BRUCE (Flinders) (Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) (4:15 AM) . - I declare that the Estimates of Expenditure are of an urgent nature.

Question put. The committee divided -

Ayes...... 33

Noes...... 17

Majority . . 16




Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Limitation of Time.

Mr.BRUCE (Flinders- Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) [4.25 a.m.]. - I move -

That the time allotted for the consideration of the Estimates of Expenditure shall be - for the Parliament, the Prime Minister's department, and the department of the Treasury, until 7 a.m. this day; for the Attorney-General's department, the department of Home and Territories, the department of Defenceand the department of Trade and Customs, until 12 o'clock noon this day; for the department of Works and Railways, the department of Health, the department of

Markets and Migration, miscellaneous and war services payable out of revenue until 5 o'clock p.m. this day; for business undertakings and territories of the Commonwealth and up to and including the reporting of the resolution to the House until 10 p.m. this day.

I do not propose to delay the committee at this stage because any time I occupy will shorten the period available for the discussion of the Estimates. It is only fair to remind the committee of the length of time occupied in the discussion of the budget and the Estimates in previous years.

Mr Blakeley - There is nothing fair about the Prime Minister.

The honorable member for Batman interjecting -

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