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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) . - The other day I asked who had borne the expenses of the State ball and garden party which were given by the GovernorGeneral in Melbourne on the occasion of the visit to that city of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York. The reply was that they were borne by His Excellency, but that the Government had granted himĀ£2,000 towards the cost. The Governor-General would have placed himself above all criticism if he had paid the total amount out of his Privy purse or his official salary orallowance; but having given those functions at the expense of the taxpayers of

Australia, with money that will have to be voted by this Parliament, he should have extended the courtesy of issuing invitations to members of this Parliament. That he did not do. Similar action was contemplated on a previous occasion, whilst the right honorable W. M. Hughes was Prime Minister. Immediately he became aware of it, he intervened and said, " If we are to find the money, every member of the Commonwealth Parliament must be invited," and invitations were issued to them. I understand that on this occasion only the society climbers and the aristocracy of Melbourne - genuine and shoddy - were invited, whilst members of Parliament, who will have to vote money to assist in defraying the cost, were ignored.. Apparently Mr. Bruce, who is a super-society man, is quite content to allow members of the Commonwealth Parliament to be ignored, so long as the genuine and shoddy society of Melbourne is entertained at the taxpayer's expense.

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