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Thursday, 12 August 1926

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to reduce the proposed vote by £1.

I am led to take this step because it is quite apparent from what has occurred in this Chamber within the last few days that the Minister for nome and Territories (Senator Glasgow) has lost his grip of the department, and that it is getting beyond his control. A few clays ago I asked the Minister certain questions in relation to the disposal of business sites at Canberra, and received the following reply -

The Commission proposes to submit additional business sites for sale at an early date. It is considered that .the sale of isolated business sites would be inadvisable from an architectural point of view.

Immediately after that answer had been given, a paragraph appeared in the Argus on the following day - 9th August - containing a point blank contradiction of the information supplied by the commission through the Minister. On page 19 of the Argus of the- 9th August, the following appears: -

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