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Tuesday, 22 March 1927

Senator GRANT - At any rate, it made its appearance at that time, and for a while there was a force of police whose numbers were not inconsiderable. Because of the opposition raised, or at any rate for some reason or other, those numbers have diminished until, so f ar as I can ascertain, this police force has almost completely disappeared. I should like to know from the Minister representing the Attorney-General, whether it is still in existence, and, if so, what proportion of the £2,980 provided in this Supply Bill, under the heading of Commonwealth Investigation Branch, is used for this particular purpose. The force itself, in my opinion,, served no useful purpose during its existence, and if it has not completely disappeared,, the time for its. disappearance is long overdue.

I referred very briefly, the other evening, to the east- west railway. It has been said by more than one person that a large proportion of the funds spent on the construction of that line carry no interest. Being curious to find out how that desirable condition of affars was brought about, I wrote to the Secretary to the Treasury, and received the following reply : -

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