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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr DAVID THOMSON (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) . - It 'is very strange that honorable members representing, other States should assume the part of watchdogs in regard to every item of expenditure relating to the State of Queensland. The honorable member for Lang, and others representing New South Wales, were absolutely dumb when the Estimates relating to that State were being dealt with ; but immediately Queensland was mentioned they became very much on the alert.

Mr Johnson - We are not offering any opposition.

Mr DAVID THOMSON (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - The honorable member was offering opposition, and was not satisfied with the information afforded by the Minister. The State Government contemplated the expenditure of thousands of pounds upon additions to the General Post Office, Brisbane, and the proposed vote is sadly needed to provide accommodation both for the public and the post and telegraph officials. It is time that honorable members confined their attention to matters with which they are familiar.

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