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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Sir FREDERICK STEWART (Parramatta) . - I move-

That, in sub-clause (1.), after the word " possible " the following words be inserted : - " but not later than six months ".

From time to time, many honorable members have complained about the manner in which some important departments delay the submission to Parliament of the annual reports of their operations ; the Postmaster-General's Department is a frequent offender. Acceptance of the amendment will ensure that the statement of income and expenditure and the balance-sheet of the Australian Broadcasting Commission shall be submitted to the Parliament not later than six months after the close of the financial year. Regarding the simplification of accounts, I am entirely in accord with the view expressed by the honorable member for Robertson (Mr. Spooner).

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