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Thursday, 25 February 1932

Mr LYONS - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : - 1 and 2. The Government has not yet had an opportunity of considering the report ot the Auditor-General. The "Government is, however, closely examining the financial position of the Commonwealth, and, in duc course, will inform Parliament of the policy it proposes to adopt. 3 and 4. The Audit Act pro,ides that the Auditor-General shall examine the Treasurer's statement of receipts and expenditure, and shall prepare and sign a report explaining such statement in full, and showing certain information, including " such other information as may be prescribed or as the Auditor-General thinks desirable ". The act also provides that the Auditor-General may "generally report upon all matters" relating to the public accounts, public moneys and stores ".

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