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Thursday, 4 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - Last week, in reply to a question by the honorable member for Richmond, I stated that it would be very difficult to have the very bulky report of Mr. Justice Davidson printed, in view of other work that had to be undertaken. The honorable member for Richmond suggested that a summary might be made available to honorable members, and I promised to endeavour to distribute in roneoed form copies of a summary that had been prepared for members of the Cabinet. Subsequently, I inquired of Mr. Justice Davidson as to the matter generally, and was informed that an officer under his control, Mr. St. John, was preparing a complete summary of the report. I apprised the honorable member for Richmond of this. I understand that the summary was posted yesterday. It had not arrived this morning. As soon as it reaches me, I shall endeavour to have copies of it made and distributed to honorable members. I owe an apology to the House for a statement that I made in regard to the printing of the Auditor-General's report, which I thought had been put in hand. I found later that when I had moved for the printing of the report, the Leader of the Opposition had secured the adjournment of the debate. Apparently the view of the Government Printer, which, no doubt, is technically correct, was that until the House had approved of the printing of the report the work could not be proceeded with. The Leader of the Opposition agreed last week not to debate the motion for the printing of the report, and the work is now being proceeded with expeditiously.

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