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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr REID (East Sydney) .- I wish to say, Mr. Chairman, that I intended to speak on the division with which we have just dealt, but that just as you were about to put the question I was inveigled into a private conversation by the Government Whip, and so lost my opportunity.

Mr.HUTCHISON (Hindmarsh) [11.25]. - The hour is rather late to enter upon the consideration of an item relating to a Department which involves a vast expenditure, respecting which much information is necessary. The proposed vote relates to machinery and plant for the Government Printing Office, and works in connexion therewith. This is a very expensive and unsatisfactory Department, and I hold that it is high time that we had a Commonwealth Government Printing Office. It is estimated that the Department will cost us about £13,000 during the current financial year. Notwithstanding the enormous sum which we pay for our printing, the bound copies of Hansard and the parliamentary papers for last session did not reach us until a few days before the opening of the present session.

Mr Johnson - And we did not obtain until quite recently bound copies of the measures passed last session.

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