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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr MARWICK (Swan) .- The Estimates show substantial increases of the provision for salaries and allowances in almost every branch of the Attorney-General's Department. For the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration the increase is between £5,000 and £6,000, and for the bankruptcy branch the increase is £2,000. Seeing that there is such a shortage of man-power, I suggest that a close watch be kept upon the staffing of the various departments. I realize that, since his return from England, the right honorable gentleman has not had much time in which to deal with these matters, but I hope that he will give immediate attention to my remarks about the seriousness of the man-power position.

Mr. JOLLY(Lilley; [3.40].- Does the estimate for the Crown Solicitor's office, which shows an increase of £18,000 over the previous year's expenditure, cover the cost of the new branches which' have been established in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth?

Dr Evatt - Yes, and it also provides for the appointment of additional officers in the Northern Territory. Tasmania is now the only State in which the Crown Solicitor's office has no branch.

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