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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1284

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) .- I interpret the statement of the Minister for Customs and Excise (Senator Anderson) to be an indication that the Minister will give a direction to the departmental officers to prepare a factual statement and send the information sought by honorable senators to them by correspondence after the debate on the Estimates closes. If I am correct in that

Interpretation, I am quite prepared to accept it in this instance. I only add that I hope the Minister is alive to the possibility Df a loop-hole in an item such as that under discussion where the Department of Supply is paying for what it calls " client departments ". lt is all on the lines of the same elusive abuse that you get in a group of company organisations as between bead office and subsidiaries. In such cases, if they arc not dealing at arm's length with each other there are all sort of influences promoting unreality in the type of expenditure.

Wc have had recently a report on a group of organisations, the head figure of which came from Melbourne. That is an illustration of the unreality that can exist in figures as between various departments of a Government or the various subsidiaries of one group organisation. I only add that I hope it is understood that there is a sound business reason why honorable senators are concerned about this sort of accounting.

Proposed expenditure, with the exception of Division No. 765 - Government Factories - Maintenance of Production Capacity, £1,700,000, noted.

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