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Tuesday, 26 July 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I intend to support the amendment moved by Senator Wilson because this is the first opportunity we have had of definitely dealing with the expenditure of any Department. I believe the time has arrived when Parliament, if it has the opportunity, should say definitely how far it will go in the expenditure of any Depart- ' ment. I have given this matter very careful consideration, and I am not prepared to support a proposal which would affect efficiency or interfere with any effort to satisfactorily carry out important work. I remember the attitude adopted by the Minister (Senator Russell) and of the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene), in introducing the Bill, and in each case the members of each House were impressed with the statements made that the proposed Board would not be an expensive body, as the work would not be continuous. We were informed, that, in committing ourselves to a measure of this description we were not incurring the possible expenditure of a large sum of money. I intend to support the amendment because I think it preferable to" giving the Government an open cheque.

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