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Tuesday, 23 September 1902

Mr REID (East Sydney) - Perhaps the Treasurer may be able to tell me if the Bill includes an item in connexion with the proposal to appoint experts to report on federal capital sites 1

Sir George Turner - Yes ; an item of £1,000 to cover expenses in connexion with choosing the site of the capital of the Commonwealth.

Mr REID - I wish it to be distinctly understood, that in passing this item, the committee are not to be taken to have approved of the proposal to appoint a committee of experts.

Mr Watson - It should not be included in a Supply Bill ; it ought to be voted on the Estimates.

Mr REID - We are practically voting the money, and the Government might fairly complain if we should afterwards take exception to the proposal.

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