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Wednesday, 21 July 1926

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Home and Territories [3.10]. -By leave.) - I move -

That in accordance with the provisions of the Commonwealth Public Works Committee Act 1913-1921, leave be granted to that committee to meet whilst the Senate is sitting in connexion with the investigation and report on the proposed work of the erection of houses at Canberra.

As honorable senators are probably aware the opinion of the Crown law authorities is to the effect that the contract entered into by the Federal Capital Commission for the construction of a number of houses at Canberra should be inquired into by the Public Works Committee, as is the case in connexion with all works, the estimated cost of which exceeds £25,000. It is, therefore, considered necessary to permit the committee to meet while the Senate is sitting, to enable the inquiry to be speedily completed, and the construction of the houses expedited.

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