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Tuesday, 29 November 1938

Mr NAIRN (Perth) . - I wish to make two or three inquiries of the Minister for the Interior (Mr. McEwen). The administrative vote for his department shows an increase of approximately £110,000. I do not, for a moment, believe that the present Minister for the Interior (Mr. McEwen), or his predecessor in office (Mr. Paterson), would tolerate extravagant expenditure, but the figures call for explanation.

An amount of £15,600 is proposed to be provided in connexion with establishments for the Governor-General. Last year £15,000 was voted for this purpose. If this were the only vote in connexion with establishments for the GovernorGeneral I should not cavil at it, but provision is made elsewhere for additional expenditure under this heading. I do not want to find that next year additional heavy expenditure of this nature is also proposed. Earlier in the session I asked the Prime Minister to submit to Parliament any proposals of the Government in connexion with accommodation for the Governor-General. I repeat that request now, and also invite the Minister for the Interior to make a frank statement in connexion with the whole matter.

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