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Tuesday, 30 October 1956

Mr BLAND (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - As Chairman,I present the following report of the Public Accounts Committee: -

Twenty-ninth Report - Defence Services and Estimates together with Minutes of Evidence.

Since this is the first time that the committee has presented minutes of evidence with its report, perhaps I should say a word or two concerning this development. When the committee was holding its public meetings, a great deal of interest was displayed, and rightly so. In addition, it seemed that there was much speculation concerning the powers of the committee. As the discussions at the proceedings of the committee ranged over a field which extended far beyond its jurisdiction and powers, the committee felt that, in order to remove misapprehensions and misconceptions about its powers, the best thing to do would be to present the evidence with the report.

Ordered to be printed.

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