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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr DUNCAN-HUGHES (Wakefield) (5:18 AM) . - In supporting the remarkes of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Fadden), I propose to read figures which have been extracted from the New South Wales budget relating to items of expenditure from the social services fund, which was previously met by the State, but which is now borne by the Commonwealth -

The total expenditure which was previously met by the State but which is now borne by the Commonwealth, was thus £2,080,741 in 1939-40 and £2,032,526 in 1940-41. Those figures indicate that the compensation payable to New South Wales should be reduced, not by £427,000, as the Government proposes, but by £1,623,000. If the Government rejects this suggestion, the payment to the State will be duplicated in an unjustifiable way.

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