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Friday, 6 March 1942

Senator COLLETT (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

Concerning the joint committees on apples and pears, broadcasting, profits,rural industries, social security,and war expenditure - 1.In respect toeach committee (a) how ninny meetings have been held, and where;

(b)   what reports have been submitted; (c) have its inquiries been closed; and(d) what is the total cost to date?

2.   Is it a fact that, despite the admitted need for war-time economy, the daily allowances to members have been substantially increased and with retrospective effect?

3.   Will the Government give consideration to the fixing of a maximum amount, as provided for in section39 of the Commonwealth

Public Works Committee Act of 1913, that may be spent by any committee without a special appropriation by Parliament?

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