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Wednesday, 16 September 1936


Senator ARKINS (New South Wales) . - I should like some information with reference to the items - "salaries and payments in the nature of salary to the Australian Commissioner-General in the United States of America, £700; general expenses, £360." Are we to understand that we still have in that country an official representative in receipt of a salary of approximately £2,800 a year,- and that the general expenses of the officer bring the total expenditure up to about £4,000 a year? In view of the trade relations between the Commonwealth and the United States of America, does the Government consider it wise to continue this expenditure? It has been suggested to me that the office is being retained in order to get back some of the trade which we have lost in recent years; but my impression is that, because of its present unsatisfactory nature, increased trade with that country is not desired. In the circumstances, this expenditure would appear to be unwise. At least, the methods and objects of the representative should be altered.







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