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Tuesday, 23 July 1946

Mr Adermann (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) n asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

What amount was spent by the department on constructional work during the financial year 1945-46 in - (a) the Commonwealth; (6) each State; and (c) the capital city of each State?

Mr Calwell - The PostmasterGeneral has supplied the following answer : -

(a)   For the Commonwealth, £3,798,218.

(b)   For each State- (1) New South Wales, £1,633,358; (2) Victoria (including Central Administration) £1,037,500; (3) Queensland, £518,438; (4) South Australia (including Northern Territory), £253,000; (5) Western Australia, £198,422; (0) Tasmania, £157,500; total, £3,798,218.

(c)   Regarding expenditure in capital city areas, the disposition of engineering districts under which expenditure is recorded does not directly coincide with capital city boundaries so that the information desired by the honorable member is not immediately available, but the expenditure figures will be assessed and advice furnished as early as practicable.

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