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Friday, 22 July 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I ask Senator Reid to withdraw the request, first assuring him that, in common with the Australian. Legion and other useful institutions of Victoria, I am entirely with him in the demand for economy. This proposal, however, is going at it in a rather blindfold fashion. The honorable senator admits that he does not know what is covered by " Contingencies." If he did, I should say that he was the only man who had that knowledge. When he draws a comparison, between the amounts of contingencies for the various States, he overlooks the important fact that the amount allowed for contingencies in each State bears, roughly, the same proportion to the total for that State, and obviously mu3t do so. The amount for contingencies ranges between one-third and one-fourth of the . total amount for each State. The honorable senator will have a full opportunity, when the Estimates come up, to go more fully into this question, because, with the Estimates, the Budget-papers will be presented, and he will find all the details set out. In view of the understanding arrived at for the early passage of this Bill, I ask the honorable senator, as he has made his point quite clear, and it has the universal indorsement of the Senate, to withdraw his motion.

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