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Thursday, 26 July 1906

Mr LONSDALE (New England) . - I move -

That there be laid upon the table of the House a return showing -

1.   The number of Royal Commissions ap pointed during this and the preceding Parliament ?

2.   What are the names and subjects of such

Commissions, and by which Administration they were appointed ?

3.   What are the names of movers and seconders ?

4.   What are the names of members composing them, and which of the States do such members represent ?

5.   What is the total cost of each Commission, giving details as to fees, personal expenses, printing, and other matters?

6.   What is the total amount paid to, and what is the number of the attendances of, each member?

7.   What is the aggregate cost of the whole?

It will be observed that I have incorporated in the motion the amendments of which the honorable member for Yarra has given notice. I merely desire to obtain the fullest information with regard to, these Commissions. So many have been appointed that I wish to know all about the expenditure which they have incurred, and the objects for which they were appointed, in order that the facts may serve as a guide to honorable ' members in voting upon future proposals for the appointment of similar bodies.

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