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Thursday, 8 July 1920

Mr RYAN (West Sydney) .- Under the terms of the Nauru Island Agreement Act, the amount of compensation to be paid by the Commonwealth was either to be agreed upon or fixed by arbitration. I would like to know from the Acting Treasurer (Sir Joseph Cook) whether the amount which, according to present reports, has just been paid over has been fixed by agreement or arbitration?

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - It has been fixed by agreement.

Mr RYAN - I would like further to know whether the authority of Parliament has been obtained for the actual payment of the money, and when that authority was secured. There is no appropriation in the agreement itself, and the item does not appear on any Estimates.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - I am not clear on the matter, but I shall furnish the honorable member with an answer to-morrow.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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