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Thursday, 27 June 1946

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Leader of the Opposition) . - I have no wish to oppose the adoption of the report, but I think that this is an appropriate time to raise a point in connexion with the printing of parliamentary papers. I should like to know whether it is proper for the Printing Committee to move for the printing of a report even though it deals with a subject already on the noticepaper, and not yet disposed of. I ask the question because, some time ago, the Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley) presented the Treasurer's statement of receipts and expenditure and the Auditor-General's report. It now transpires thatthe AuditorGeneral's report has not been printed because the motion for the printing of the document is still on the notice-paper. This seems to be absurd, because there are few documents which honorable members wish more to read than the Auditor-General's report. The motion now stands No. 3 on the list, and I realize that the Prime Minister has brought it forward so that the matter may be disposed of. The report is not available to honorable members, and apparently the Printing Committee does not feel at liberty to have the paper printed while the motion remains on the notice-paper. [ can remember many occasions upon which a paper already printed has been tabled, and a motion made that it be printed so that a debate could take place. It seems farcical that the report of the Auditor-General should not be printed and made available to honorable members;

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