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Wednesday, 14 November 1973

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) - I move:

That the House of Representatives be requested to amend the Bill as follows:

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; leave out Division 430, subdivision 3- Other services, item 06- Acquisition of works for, and conservation of, the National Collection-$ 1,959,500.

I wish to say that I have listened with respect to the words that have fallen from my Leader. If there was a purchaser whose transaction was proper, of course he would be paid but only after examination of the transaction and the documents provided by any prudent buyer. Included in this appropriation is not merely the price but also the commission of $100,000. The corruptness or integrity of that commission is in issue. To pay that commission in the present state of evidence would not only be wrong but also dishonourable.

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