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Thursday, 24 March 1927


Senator NEEDHAM - That is not a valid reason, for, as the Minister knows, finance is a question of paramount importance to all Governments. I remind him of the remark of an ex-President of the United States that "finance is government, and government is finance." The Senate should not be called upon to dispose of this vast appropriation in a few minutes. I realize that the money has been spent, and that the usual procedure is being adopted; but, in my opinion, it is time that we departed from that procedure.


Senator Pearce - That cannot be done in existing circumstances.


Senator NEEDHAM - It could be done if the Government so desired. I hope that after the transfer of the Seat of Government to Canberra, there will be no repetition of this kind of thing. In this case, however, I suppose we shall have to bow to the inevitable. We cannot now recall the money, 'and it is therefore of little use for us to question the directions in which it was spent.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Schedule -







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