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Thursday, 5 May 1932


Mr LYONS - On the 26th February, the honorable member for Forrest (Mr. Prowse) asked me a question, upon notice, part 3 of which was as follows: -

Will he compare costs per head of popula tion of Government (Federal and State) with that of New Zealand, and place the tabulated statement thereof before the House?

In my reply of the 17th March, I indicated that certain information was being obtained from New Zealand. This has been received, and I am now in a position to furnish the following figures: -

Cost of Parliamentary Government per Head ofPopulation.

Common wealth and States (total) - Year ended 30th June, 1930, 4s. 4d. (Includes expenditure on general elections - Commonwealth, Victoria, Soutli Australia, and Western Australia - during the financial year.)

New Zealand - Year ended 31st March, 1930, 3s. 2d. (No general election held during the financial year.)

A section dealing with the " Cost of Parliamentary Government per head of Population," is prepared annually by the Commonwealth Statistician for publication in the Commonwealth Year-Hook. Included by the Statistician in " Cost of Parliamentary Government " is Commonwealth and State expenditure on the following, viz.: Cost of the establishments of the Governor-General and Governors: parliamentary and ministerial allowances; printing for Parliament; salaries of parliamentary staffs; salaries of staff of electoral offices and cost of elections; and other expenditure incidental to the foregoing; but the cost of government administration generally is not included by the Statistician. For the purpose of obtaining a comparative figure, the New Zealand Treasury has taken as far as possible the same items of expenditure as are shown under the heading " Cost of Parliamentary Government " in the Commonwealth Year-Book.







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