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Thursday, 22 October 1964

The CHAIRMAN - To which Division is the honorable senator referring now?

Senator WRIGHT - To Division No. 771, sub-division 2 - Administrative and operational expenses. I want to know what supervision is made of the individual costs incurred by officers on transfer, and whether any supervision is exercised against a cost being incurred in order to comply with trivial status considerations by reason of the operation of Public Service regulations. I should like to have information from the Minister concerning the nature of the profit mentioned by the Auditor-General. I do not derive much confidence, even from the Auditor-General's report, in this field of activity. Year after year he makes no comment on the economy of the cost to which he certifies. The statement as to profit may be an entirely false one, except insofar as one department has charged another department. The figure relating to the charge exceeds the cost by £220,000. It is not a profit in the real sense. We should have some assurance regarding the mechanisms that ensure economy in this instance.

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