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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - I am very glad that this matter has come before the Senate this afternoon. I mentioned it last year on the Appropriation Bill, and I take this opportunity to express my hope that before long the Public Works Committee will resume operations. Such a committee provides a valuable safeguard; that has been proved by experience in all States of the Commonwealth and also in the Commonwealth. I cannot speak with personal knowledge of what great' savings have been effected as the result of the committee's work in the Commonwealth sphere, hut I oan speak with authority of the savings that have resulted from the operations of the South Australian committee. That State, even during the depression, kept its Public Works Committee going, and that may bc one of the reasons why that State was the first to balance its budget.

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