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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
Page: 2183

Mr HUTCHISON (Hindmarsh) . - The Treasurer has not given a satisfactory reply to nw criticisms. There may be reasons for postponing an audit in special circumstances, but the reply of the Treasurer is that there may be accounts which the Auditor-General does not wish to audit for some time. If the clause were only to apply in special cases, such as those mentioned in the memorandum that has been read, I should not object, but it gives the same power in regard to every account that has to be audited. That is my objection. The Treasurer points out that there is a similar provision in the New South Wales Act. Even if that be so, I am not aware that the finances of New South Wales have been conducted in a manner much superior to that in which the finances ofl the other States have been managed. I do not care if there is such a provision in the statute-book of any State. It ought not to be placed upon the Commonwealth statute-book. It is a dangerous power, and one liable to abuse. Unless the Treasurer can give stronger reasons than he has done, the clause ought to be amended.

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