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Wednesday, 29 November 1944

Mr ABBOTT (New England) . - I move -

That the following words be added : - ", subject to the Commonwealth representation on the Commission being increased to three, one of whom shall be a representative of the Treasury ".

I stated earlier my belief that it is necessary that, as so much Commonwealth money will be invested in this project, the Treasury should be represented on the commission. I have glanced through the Hey report and it seems that some of the estimates are very empirical. There is no doubt that most careful checks on the expenditure are required. The only way in which the expenditure maybe properly checked is by having a representative of the Treasury attending the meetings of the commission. It is futile to say that the Treasury will be able adequately to supervise the expenditure in any other way. In this project, commitments may be entered into involving vast expenditure which might not be undertaken if the Commonwealth Treasury were represented at the discussions of the commission. The amendment is not critical of the bill ; it is helpful, and will improve the measure.

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