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Tuesday, 29 November 1938

Mr McEWEN (Indi) (Minister for the Interior) . - Matters affecting my department have been raised by two honorable members. The honorable member for Reid (Mr. Gander) has drawn attention to what he regards as the desirability of providing memorials in the Australian Capital Territory to Australians prominent in art and letters. No doubt he touched a sympathetic cord in the hearts of all honorable members, and I assure him that I shall convey f1 the Government the sentiments which he expressed. I am sure the Government will consider his representations sympathetically. The honorable member for Perth (Mr. Nairn) directed attention to the increase by £110,000 of the administrative vote for the Department of the Interior. This extra cost is the measure of the expansion that has taken place in the work of this department, resulting, principally, from -two causes. The first is the very great expansion on the works side of the department, which resulted in the creation recently of the new works department. We are now entering upon the greatest public works programme in the history of the Commonwealth Parliament.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The time allotted for the consideration of the Attorney-General's Department and the Department of the Interior has expired.

Proposed votes put and agreed to.

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