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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator GRANT (Tasmania) . - The sum of £5,000 is being appropriated for administrative expenses in connexion with the fertilizer subsidy. Last year the appropriation was £2,000, and the expenditure £3,392. The subsidy having been reduced this year by onethird, why have the administrative expenses been practically doubled?

Senator SirGEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [11.22]. - This is to meet expenditure incurred in connexion with the administration of Part V. of the Financial Relief Act 1934-1936, the Primary Producers' Relief Act 1935-1936 and Part VI. of the Financial Relief Act (No. 2) 1936, relating to the payment of subsidy on fertilizers used in the production of primary products other than wheat. The expenditure covers salaries of a temporary staff engaged in the checking of claims, office expenditure, stationery, printing of forms, postage, and telegrams. The amount of bounty does not determine the number of claims.

Senator Grant - Why has the amount been increased?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - Because it covers the relief given under other acts.

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