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Thursday, 1 December 1960


Mr SPEAKER - I think the honorable member for Wills is in order.


Mr Harold Holt - There is a standing order about tedious repetition, you know, Mr. Speaker.


Mr BRYANT - I should be grateful if that standing order were continually enforced, Mr. Speaker. The Treasurer would be forever silent if it were. On 7th April, 1959, the right honorable gentleman answered a question on notice about the Audit Act which was in the following terms: -

Has a review of the Audit Act been advocated by successive Auditors-General in every annual report since 1952?

This was more than eighteen months ago, and the Treasurer of that time was the same right honorable gentleman who sits opposite us this evening and who does not like these things to be repeated. I do not think it can go on the record too often that this Government is the epitome of procrastination. The question asked in April, 1959, which I have just read to the House, brought from the Treasurer this reply -

Yes . . .

The legislation will be brought before the Parliament as soon as possible.


Mr Curtin - When was that?







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