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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - As regards the item " Representation, Imperial Economic Committee", I can inform Senator Brown that this amount is required to meet the following expenses.


Besides being a member of the Imperial Economic Committee, Mr. McDougall assists the High Commissioner as an economic officer and carries out certain duties in London on behalf of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in consideration of which the Council bears part of . the debit for his salary.

The sum of £600 set down for " Historial Memorials of Representative Men " is to be expended on the painting of portraits required by the Historical Records Committee. Commissions have not yet been granted for the painting of portraits of His Excellency the Right Honorable Sir Isaac A. Isaacs, GovernorGeneral; the Right Honorable J. A. Lyons, M.P., Prime Minister; the Right Honorable J. H. Scullin, M.P., a former Prime Minister; Senator the Honorable P. J. Lynch, President of the Senate; the Honorable G. H. Mackay, M.P., Speaker of the House of Representatives ; the late Senator Sir Walter Kingsmill, a former President of the Senate; N. J. O. Makin, Esquire, M.P., a former Speaker of the House of Representatives. Of the £1,000 provided for 1930-31 only £77 was expended. In 1931-32, the sum of £50 was provided and £50 spent, whilst in each of the three following years £25 was voted, of which £9 was expended in 1932-33, and a similar sum in 1934-35. There was no expenditure of the vote for 1933-34.

In regard to the item "Development of Fisheries Industries, £500", the position is that Mr. Fowler who was previously in the Development

Branch and is an expert on matters connected with fishing, has been seconded to work with Sir David Rivett and Mr. Roughley in connexion with plans for a vessel to be used in fishing operations. It is expected that tenders for the construction of the vessel will be invited within the next few weeks.

The item of £275 for investigations abroad in connexion with unemployment refers to the expenses incurred by the secretary to the Parliamentary UnderSecretary for Employment (Sir Frederick Stewart) while he was in Europe. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Employment has furnished a report of his inquiries to the Government.

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