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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
Page: 2184

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The amendments which the Prime Minister has suggested meet only one part of the difficulty. I pointed out last night that clauses 10 and11, taken together, place the Treasurer practically in charge of the Auditor-General. We have very properly set up the Auditor-General over the Treasurer, and as a check upon him, but in these clauses it is proposed to compel the Auditor-General, if he desires to make a proposal of the kind suggested, to first get the permission of the Treasurer. I can conceive of nothing that would more thoroughly undermine his authority and independence. Unless there is some proposal to bring these matters before Parliament, or to make the Auditor-General responsible to the Governor-General, I do not think that the amendments suggested will meet the case.

Mr Deakin - I suggest that the proviso should read -

Provided that a list of all such cases shall be published in the Auditor-General's report in each year.

The Auditor-General would then have the responsibility of seeing that this list was brought before Parliament once in every year.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - That would insure the matter coming before Parliament.

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