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Thursday, 10 September 1942


Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The position is perfectly clear; nothing remains to be clarified by Cabinet or the Treasury.


Mr Beck - Has the position regarding the telegram announcing that Tasmania would receive £S00,000 been clarified?


Mr CHIFLEY - Yes. The Commonwealth Grants Commission made a recommendation, which the Government proposes to adopt, for the payment of grants to certain States, and Tasmania will receive £575,000. The Prime Minister notified the Tasmanian Government, by telegram in code, of the sum that was to be paid. An investigation disclosed that the telegram was lodged correctly in Canberra, but by some mischance, the figure of £800,000 reached the Tasmanian Government. All that need be said about it is that between the lodgment of the telegram in Canberra and its arrival in Tasmania, some one, as human beings do, made a mistake.







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