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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1301

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - Senator Kennelly and Senator Cavanagh referred to the fact that the Minister has indicated that it is proposed to give wide publicity to the need for formal voting in the coming Senate election. In a Press statement, and certainly in a statement in another place, he mentioned that a film will be shown. Senator Kennelly, while emphasising that he was not reflecting on anyone, nevertheless felt it was appropriate for honorable senators and members in another place to see the film, if possible. He suggested that it might be shown with our Wednesday and Thursday night films. I will refer this matter to the Minister in the spirit in which it was advanced by Senator Kennelly. This is a matter of interest to us all. We all have a proprietary interest in campaigning and it is natural that we would want to see the kind of film it is proposed to screen. I will certainly put the matter before the Minister for consideration.

Senator Cavanagh asked about the expenditure involved in the acquisition of a site at Mount Hope. I understand the site will be used for the provision of navigational aids on the approach to the Adelaide airport. He also asked to what extent South Australia was involved in acquisitions by other departments and the relationship of the expenditure in South Austrafia to the total amount. I have not a computer to give me an instant answer. It will take a little time to extract the information but we will do so and supply it to the honorable senator.

Senator Wrightused the Department of the Treasury as an example and asked why the amount appropriated for rent repre sents an increase of £100,000 over the appropriation last year. I have been informed that the increase is due to various additional leases, acquired mostly for the Taxation Branch, but details of the actual buildings involved are not available at present although they can be obtained. That is the only information I have at the moment.

Senator Wright - It is not nearly good enough.

Senator ANDERSON - All I can say is that that is the only information I have on the matter. There is a reference to expenditure to meet known commitments, to an amount of £1,100 to meet increased rates, to expenditure in respect of the " Advertiser " building in Adelaide and the provision of additional accommodation for the statistical branch. This information is really nothing more than I have already given. The amounts are only small. I will get the information for the honorable senator.

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