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Wednesday, 29 November 1944

Mr FADDEN (Darling Downs) (Leader of the Australian Country party) . - It is regrettable .that 'a representative of the Treasury is not a member of the commission. Expenditure on this undertaking will total £3,000,000. The sum of £1,500,000 will be provided by Commonwealth taxpayers generally, whilst a similar amount will be paid by taxpayers resident in Tasmania. Consequently, expenditure by the commission should be checked by an officer who will be more than a mere watch-dog for the Treasury. However, I realize that the agreement cannot he varied to meet that requirement, and I can only express my regret that this matter was not foreseen when the agreement was being drafted.

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