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Tuesday, 23 May 1939

Mr WHITE (BALACLAVA, VICTORIA) - Can the Minister give a rough estimate of the cost to date incurred by the Commonwealth Government ire connexion with its experiment in national insurance, including such items as compensation to approved societies, printing costs, salaries and the like?

Sir FREDERICK STEWART - In reply to a similar question some weeks ago, I supplied information to the House showing that the cost incurred in connexion with national insurance, including both departmental and nondepartmental expenditure, was in the region of £120,000. Efforts are now being made to obtain fuller information concerning this expenditure, and as soon as this is available I shall communicate it to the honorable member.

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