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Friday, 19 May 1939

Mr SPEAKER (Hon G J Bell

The honorable member is discussing matters which are clearly outside the motion before the Chair.

Mr.CURTIN. - I am trying to demonstrate the wisdom of investigating proposed defence works just as we investigated the proposal for the construction of a hospital in Darwin. I have no desire to delay the construction of a hospital at Darwin; but, seeing that there was need to investigate that proposal, it seems to me that there is just as much need to investigate proposals for public works connected with defence. During the current year, £2,000,000 is to be expended on public works which will not be investigated by the Works Committee.Iurge the Minister to take steps to ensure that at least the more important works of this kind shall in future be investigated by the committee.

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