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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr JOLLY (Lilley) .- The

Department of the Interior controls certain trading concerns in Canberra. Parliament should have presented to it each year statements showing the financial results of the operation of these concerns. I have in mind particularly the city omnibus service, the Canberra abattoirs, and the hotels under the control of the department. The accounts which are presented to Parliament contain no information about the operations of these undertakings. Some time ago, in order to obtain certain information for the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, I sought details of the accounts of the Canberra abattoirs. I was obliged to compile a profit and loss account for the undertaking. I also made inquiries about the omnibus service and was presented with a statement which indicated that the service had made a profit. However, an analysis showed that the apparent profit was due to the fact that proceeds of the operations of government motor cars, for which charges are made, had been credited to the omnibus service. If this had not been done, the statement would have shown a loss on the bus service. This is merely a matter -of administration, and I hope that annual statements setting out the results of the operations of these trading concerns will be submitted to Parliament.

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