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Wednesday, 28 October 1964
Page: 1366

Senator CANT (Western Australia) . - I wish to draw attention to Division No. 687, to which Senator Willesee has just referred. As I see it, the Australian Government has been spending money on behalf of the United Kingdom, New Zealand and others. This expenditure is then recovered from the other nations. Last year it was estimated that the recovery from New Zealand would be £150,000, but the actual recovery was £72,898. Surely the Government knows what it is spending on behalf of the other nations and what should be recovered. In the event, less than half the estimated amount was recovered from New Zealand. The Parliament is entitled to an explanation. This year the Government expects to recover from New Zealand £200,000. What will be the position? Will we recover only £100,000? What will happen in respect of the amount not recovered? Are we writing it off, or what happens to it?

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