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Tuesday, 26 July 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - The Vice-President of the Executive Council (Senator Russell) and I are prepared to accept the amendment as amended, but it must be understood that we cannot say- what the Board is to cost* within a pound or two one way or the other. The margin now allowed seems reasonably sufficient, and it cannot be said that by limiting the expenditure to £4,000 we will be paralyzing the Board before it commences. If it is found that the amount is exceeded, and that more money is required, say, for travelling expenses, the Government will have to con sider whether they will approach Parliament for a special travelling allowance, or compel the Board to stay at home. If it is the wish of the Committee, the Government will accept the amendment as amended.

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