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Tuesday, 18 April 1961

Mr FREETH (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for the Interior) - I shall be happy to consider the honorable member's request, but I should point out that where queries are raised in relation to only minor items in an account, those matters are usually provided for in what are known as retention moneys. Most contracts provide for progress payments and the withholding of a percentage of the contract sum in the form of retention money, and any minor items that are queried are usually paid for out of those funds. But if there are any instances which the honorable member can bring to my notice in which he claims there is undue delay, I shall certainly be happy to examine each such instance.

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