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Thursday, 8 March 1928

Senator NEEDHAM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Leader of the Government in the Senate, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the Treasurer recently issued instructions that departments had to curtail expenditure for the present financial year?

2.   If so, will the Minister supply, for the information of senators, a statement setting out -

(a)   The amount of money that it is expected will be saved in each department?

(b)   Details of the works that will be effected, showing the savings expected to be made on each item?

(c)   The number of men that will be or hare been, put out of employment as regards each of the works?

3.   Will any of the works that have been stopped during this financial year be proceeded with next financial year?

4.   If so, will the Minister give particulars of same?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes, such instructions were issued by the Treasurer, in accordance with the decision of Cabinet.

2.   (a)In respect of revenue votes departments have been called upon to exercise the greatest possible economy, but no specific sum is laid down for any department. In the case of loan estimates the savings to be made by the respective departments are as follow: -


(b)   The allocation of the savings to particular works is a matter for the respective departments, and cannot yet be fully determined. 3 and 4. All works in progress will be proceeded with as soon as funds are available, but until the budget for next year is framed it is impossible tosay what particular works will be proceededwith next year.

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