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Saturday, 16 December 1905

Mr BROWN (Canobol as) - There is one matter that I desire to bring under the notice of the Government. Recently I was present in the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, when the resolution in regard to the Federal Capital site was submitted by Mr. Carruthers. Upon that occasion, I heard a great deal of criticism directed against this Parliament, and in the course of conversation with members of the Legislature of that State I learned that one of their grievances is that a large quantity of printing which has hitherto been done in Sydney has been removed to Melbourne. They allege for example that the printing of the Postal Guide, and of the telephone exchange books, as well as a considerable amount of printing in connexion with military and others matters has been taken away from the Sydney Government Printing Office, and is now being carried out in Melbourne. I should like to know whether there is any justification for these statements, and, if so, what are the reasons underlying the action of the Government.

Sir JOHNFORREST (Swan- Treasurer). - I regret that I cannot give the honorable member the information which he desires, but if he will be good enough to put a question upon the business-paper, I shall be very glad to supply it.

Mr Brown - I understand that the

Typographical Association of New South Wales has made certain representations to the Government in regard to this matter.

Sir JOHN FORREST - I have not seen them, but I promise the honorable member that I will look into the matter.

Proposed vote agreed to.

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