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Wednesday, 7 December 1927

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) . - The Honorary Minister (Senator Crawford) has not explained the increase in the cost of maintaining the grounds. Has he no information as to the number of men who are employed in maintaining the grounds of the Governor-General's residence at Canberra and on the estimated expenditure, which shows an increase of nearly £1,500?

Senator CRAWFORD(QueenslandHonorary Minister) |.5.0]. - The details for which Senator Findley asks in regard to Government House, Canberra, are: - Caretakers, £900; maintenance of house, £500; maintenance of grounds, £1,500; insurance, £100; telephones, £50; fuel and light, £150; total, £3,200.

Senator Reid - Can the Minister give the figures relating to the cost of the detached buildings at Yarralumla?

Senator CRAWFORD - Expenditure on those buildings was met out of loan. I have not the details.

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