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Wednesday, 27 July 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia.) . - I regard clause 17 as quite unnecessary, and I shall vote for the amendment because the Minister has admitted that if it is carried he. will ask that the clause be struck out. ' The clause empowers the Board to initiate inquiry into certain matters specified in sub-clause 2 of clause 15, but their activities would be to some extent limited- by reason of the fact that we have restricted their expenditure in any oneyear to £4,000. These matters, however, may still be inquired into, because the Minister will, if he thinks they are of sufficient importance to be inquired into,direct the Board, to make an inquiry. into them,. Therefore,there is no virtue in retaining the clause as it stands, and I am surprised, after all that has been said about the duplication of the work of. Boards, that the Minister has not induced Cabinet to . come to some decision as- to what is to be done in respect of them.. I think we are entitled to some statement from the Government, on- the point after all that has been said in this chamber during the last week or two. .

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It would considerably shorten the discussion on this. Bill.

Senator VARDON - Quite so. I shall support the amendment.

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