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Wednesday, 22 August 1906


Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - So far, we have not sold any public buildings belonging to the Commonwealth. As a matter of fact, we are endeavouring to arrive at a' friendly arrangement with the States in respect of transferred properties. In some instances, the States are taking back properties which are burdensome to us. In this matter, we are treating Tasmania in exactly the same way as the other States are being treated.


Mr Cameron - Unfortunately 110 new buildings are to be erected in Tasmania.


Mr GROOM - I believe that in time Tasmania will require a great many new buildings. Of course, we have to look at this matter from an Australian stand-point.


Mr KING O'MALLEY (DARWIN, TASMANIA) - The Minister is viewing it from an- Australian, and not a Tasmanian, stand-point.


Mr GROOM - Some time ago it was decided by the right honorable member for Balaclava, who was then Treasurer, that > all these buildings were new works, and as such should be" charged for as " other " expenditure. We are merely following the rule which he laid down.







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