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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for External Affairs) [9.5]. - I express my gratification at the kindly references, which have been made to the work of the Department of External Affairs. I shall take into consideration the suggestion made by Senator Hardy. We have been extremely fortunate in the officers that have been brought together in this department. The staff has recently been increased; on paper the new officers seemed most competent, and I am gratified to be able to say that they are justifying their reputations. I take no credit to myself, but the members of the staff are young and enthusiastic, and are showing every indication that they will live up to the great responsibility which will be placed upon them in the future.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Proposed votes- Department of the Treasury, £778,580; and AttorneyGeneral's Department, £194,720 - agreed to.

Department of the INTERIOR

Proposed vote,£431,710.

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