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Thursday, 29 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - In reply to Senator Ormonde, I inform him that there are two committees. The Commonwealth Economic Committee is composed of representatives of Commonwealth countries. It has existed since 1925 and its functions include those formerly carried out by the Empire Marketing Board. It is entirely different from the Vernon Committee of Economic Inquiry.

The proposed vote of £17,000 for historical and other works of art is to finance the acquisition of pictures for the national collection, the acquisition of paintings for overseas posts, the acquisition of objects of art, and commissions for portraits of Governors-General, Prime Ministers, Presidents of the Senate, Speakers of the House of Representatives and distinguished Australians.

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