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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator HENTY (Tasmania) (Minister for Civil Aviation) . - In answer to Senator Branson's question, the Senate is asked to approve for this year expenditure of £5,000 lor the purpose stated in the item. The Minister has acted entirely correctly in seeking approval for that expenditure by his Department. The Department of the Interior is responsible for the electoral system and the Minister is responsible for his Department. He wishes to obtain advice from an outside source. The Senate may disagree with the advice obtained or with the source which supplies it, but the Minister is seeking guidance and assistance in a number of matters from the University of Tasmania after it conducts research. I have not before heard the Senate speak against university research into projects. The item seeks expenditure for a project to advise the Minister and the amount required for this year is £5,000. As I see it, next year it will be £5,000. So far as I am aware, and I hope I am right, if the item goes through in this form on this occasion next year it will be included in a non-amendable bill.

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