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Wednesday, 30 September 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [5.9]. - I may explain that I opposed the motion being regarded as formal because on other occasions motions of this nature have involved the Commonwealth in considerable expenditure. In some cases the expense has amounted to hundreds of. pounds. I therefore desired to ascertain whether the information asked for was readily obtainable, or whether its preparation would involve the Commonwealth in heavy expenditure. I have been advised that the figures are available and that little expense will be incurred.

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