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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr BADMAN (Grey) .- Like the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Marwick), I seek information in respect of the Taxation Department. Last year, - the total expenditure on postage, telegrams and telephone services was £23,429. The proposed expenditure for this year is £75,590, a difference of approximately £50,000. I ask the Treasurer whether that difference represents the expenditure which the Sta ti governments incurred in the offices that they occupied and which in future will be occupied by the Commonwealth?

I should further like to know whether the difference of approximately £600,000 between the totals for last year and this year represents the annual expenditure by State governments in the collection of taxes.

Will the Treasurer also State whether the extra expenditure of £500,000 in respect of salaries is additional to the amount which the State governments paid when they had the matter in their hands ?

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