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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - Senator Chataway has been at some pains to show that, in connexion with previous Supply Bills, smaller amounts have been voted.

Senator Chataway - Monthly Supply Bills.

Senator FINDLEY - In the Supply Bill which we recently passed items 5 and 6 are identical with items 5 and 6 of the present Bill. Those items read " Expenses in connexion with administration of the Electoral Act, ,£6, 000," and " Cost of Commonwealth elections, £1,000." The last Bill passed through this Chamber without any honorable senator questioning the amounts or desiring any information in respect of them. But something seems to have happened to-day, and they appear to imagine that fresh expenditure is being incurred.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - The Opposition must watch the Government.

Senator FINDLEY - Upon a former occasion, the members of the Opposition did not take the same serious view of this question that they appear to take now.

Senator Chataway - We may have " missed the 'bus " previously, but that is no reason why we should not have an explanation now.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Divisions 30 to 35 (The Treasury), £19,240.

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