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Wednesday, 16 November 1938

The following answers to questions were circulated: -

Elizabeth-Street Post office, Melbourne.

Mr Archie Cameron - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows : -

The requirements in regard to the Elizabethstreet Post Office have not been overlooked, but it is regretted that, in existing circumstances, no undertaking can be given to proceed with the rebuild ing scheme in the near future.

Contracts for Commonwealth Services.

Mr Archie Cameron - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes; the guiding principle is that the

Government's requirements shall be met in the most suitable fashion, and in the most economical manner, consistent with the fullest measure of support being accorded to Australian manufacture and the equitable treatment of all contractors.

2.   The extent to which contracts are spread in the several States is determined by the conditions mentioned in reply to question No. 1.

3.   The value of the printing undertaken for the department in the several States during thepastthreeyears is as follows: -


4.   Approximately 49 per cent.

5.   The percentage from each State is -

Australian Capital Territory, 2; New South Wales,60: Victoria, 30; Queensland. 3: South Australia. 2: Western Australia. 2; Tasmania, 1.

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