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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
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Sir JOHN FORREST (Swan) (Treasurer) . - Last night an undertaking was given to honorable members that clause 8 would be recommitted, with a view to consider the proposed new section 36c Since then I have looked into the matter, and I' propose to amend the new section by striking out the first two words, " Repayments or," and, after the word "credits," to insert "which are made for the purpose of adjusting -expenditure between Departments or between branches of Departments and." I have consulted Mr. Whitton, the officer acting for the AuditorGeneral, and he has given me the following memorandum in writing as to the proposed amendment: -

I do not see any objection to the proposed" clause in the amended form. It will undoubtedly save a great deal of labour in the Departments concerned, as well as in the Audit Office, and no ill result is likely to accrue from it. It, therefore, has my concurrence. They are practically only book entries.

I move -

That the words "Repayments or" be left out.

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