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Wednesday, 7 December 1927


Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) . - Will the Minister representing the Minister for Works and Railways explain the increased expenditure in connexion with the Governor-General's establishment? The vote for "caretakers, charwomen and miscellaneous expenditure" for 1926-27 was £940, the actual expenditure £898, and the vote for this year £1,874 for the same purpose, or a difference between the previous and proposed vote of £934. The vote for " maintenance - house " for 1926-27 was £3,670, the expenditure incurred £3,587, and the proposed expenditure for this year £4.236, or an increase of £566. The vote for "maintenance - grounds" for 1926-27 was £4,125, the actual expenditure £3,182, and the vote for this year £5,575, or an increase of £1,450. Are we to understand that there is to be an additional expenditure of £1,450 for the maintenance of the grounds of the Governor-General's residence at Canberra ?


Senator Crawford - Provision for the maintenance of the grounds at Government House, Canberra, is £1,500, but last year nothing was set aside for- that purpose.


Senator FINDLEY - The expense incurred in the upkeep of the grounds at Canberra is apparently as high as in Melbourne. Last year the total vote for the Governor-General's establishment was £11,600, and the amount actually expended £11,388. The difference between the actual expenditure of £11,388 of last year and the amount proposed to be expended this year is £3,870. In sub-division No. 2, " Melbourne and Sydney Government Houses," the proposed expenditure this year is £1,330, whereas the amount actually expended last year was £2,562. The committee is entitled to some information on these points.







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