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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator REID (Queensland) . - I direct attention to the items : administration staff, salaries, £17,500, and Administrative staff, contingencies, £10,250, under the heading, " North Australia and Central Australia." I should like to know if the Minister has any information as to what the North Australia Commission is doing, and if any recommendatons have been made by that body for the development of the Northern Territory.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Qupensland - Minister for Defence) [5.401- - The items mentioned by the honorable senator relate not to expenditure incurred by the North Australia Commission, but to the ordinary administrative costs of North Australia, and include such items as police, schools, medical, and other services. All expenses incurred by the North Australia Commission are met by special appropriation. As I intimated when replying to Senator Thompson a little while ago, I have no information as to the commission's proposals. That body is confronted with a rather big task in travelling over the whole of the Territory. Owing to the wet season, its members were not able to start travelling until March of this year. It is anticipated that the commission will be in Canberra towards the end of the year, and will then furnish a report.

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