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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - For the first time since the present Ministry was formed, I feel inclined to regret that Senator Findley was included in its ranks, because we all remember with what great delight we used to listen to his annual attack on the items in connexion with the Government Printing Office. It seems that we are deprived of the very valuable assistance which he used to lend to the Chamber in this regard.

Senator Pearce - It is under better management, and he is satisfied.

Senator MILLEN - Senator Findley appears to me to be satisfied, but the question is whether the Committee is satisfied. I desire to know what is being done in regard to the printing plant. I understand that we are still getting the bulk of our printing done with the plant owned by the State authorities, under an arrangement which 1 have every reason to think is satisfactory. But it seems that each year we are putchasing plant, and installing it, I assume, in a building under the control of the State authorities.

Senator de Largie - And the State is getting work done with our plant.

Senator MILLEN - I take it that there is some arrangement for the mutual use of the machines. At the same time, it almost seems to me that we are reaching a period when some other arrangement will have to be made. I cannot conceive that the present arrangement can continue to be satisfactory. The mere installation of plant costs money. If we decide to erect a printing office, the plant will have to be dismantled, and transferred to another place. If we are going to have our printing work done by another office, let us take it to an office which has a plant capable of doing it. It seems to me that we may well consider whether we should be better served if we equipped an office of our own.

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