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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Sir JOHN FORREST (Swan) (Treasurer) . - The honorable member for Hindmarsh is aware that the Victorian Government Printer attends to the printing requirements of ; the Commonwealth. The resources of the State Printing Office are placed at our disposal, and the Commonwealth plant is used for State purposes. If it is found convenient to use the Commonwealth printing plant for State purposes, or to use the State plant for Commonwealth purposes, that course is followed. I believe, notwithstanding what has been said by some honorable members, that the arrangement is an economical one, and that it would cost us far more to conduct a separate printing office of our own.

Mr Hutchison - I do not think so, and I speak as a practical printer, who has looked into this question.

Sir JOHN FORREST - I know that the honorahle member and some of the party he belongs to consider that it would be better for the Commonwealth to establish a great printing office of its own, but I think that we are under a great obligation to the Government of Victoria, who have placed at our disposal the services of the State printer, as well as their plant and buildings.

Mr Reid - Do we not contribute anything to the expenses of the State Printing Office? We ought to do so.

Sir JOHN FORREST - We pay for the time actually devoted to Commonwealth work by State officers. Although I am anxious that every economy should be practised, still, I think that when we do establish a Commonwealth Printing Office, we shall find that our expenditure on printing will be much greater than it is under the present arrangement.

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