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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1284

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - Last Thursday I pointed out that the proposed expenditure under Division No. 777 related to all departments other than commercial undertakings. We had a fairly vigorous debate on this matter, and I am not in a position at this point of time to add much to the information I gave then. However, I want to repeat the assurance I gave previously in relation to other estimates. It is this: When an answer to a question relating to the Estimates is not forthcoming immediately, the obligation is on a Minister and his officers to see that honorable senators get replies to their questions. I have not the information now about the maximum and minimum amounts involved in expenditure of this proposed vote of £750,000. The Department of the Treasury directed the consolidation of all removal expenses into a single vote and the Department of the Treasury has endorsed the proposed vote of £750,000 as being iri line with the total expenditure previously voted through the various departments. The Department of Supply records the expenditure incurred on behalf of these departments and conveys this information back to the Treasury. That is the only information I have available to me at the moment. This amount represents a consolidation of the expenditure of the various other departments and the Treasury is fully appraised concerning this line in the Estimates. I am not in a position to give any further information now.

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