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Friday, 19 May 1939

Mr STACEY (Adelaide) .- Like many other honorable members I have not had time to peruse fully the report of the Public Works Committee on the matter. However, anyone who has visited Darwin within the last few years will admit that this proposal is long overdue. The existing hospital is' a disgrace even to Darwin. I . am pleased to know that the members of the Public Works Committee were able to recommend the construction of a building costing only about £67,000 instead of about £120,000 as originally proposed. I believe that the building recommended will meet the needs of the place. I could not say off hand whether or not the original price was excessive, because we do not know the type of building proposed, but the saving resulting from the investigation is evidence that it was worth while to reconstitute the committee. A saving of £60,000 on one building is considerable, provided, of course, that the members of the committee knew what they were doing when they made their recommendation. I hope that greater use will be made of the committee in connexion with projects involving the . expenditure of public money. I could give instances in support of that contention, but I realize, that it would be outside the scope of this debate. I do suggest, however, that in the interests of economy my suggestion will be given effect.

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