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Wednesday, 6 December 1911

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - Do I understand that the omission of these words will not override the general rule that appropriations lapse at the end of the financial year?

Senator Pearce - Not in the case of an appropriation from the Loan Fund, I think.

Senator CHATAWAY - Any Government might be able to force through Parliament an appropriation, and Parliament would lose all power of check for a long time, in fact until the money was expended. Is the Minister taking out these words just because he thinks that they are surplusage, or is he actuated by any particular reason? What I want to understand is whether by this amendment we shall commit ourselves definitely to an appropriation which might be passed tomorrow without any chance of exercising a check later.

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