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Tuesday, 23 September 1902

Sir GEORGE TURNER (BalaclavaTreasurer) - I owe an apology to the committee. My practice is to point out the special items, but my attention was drawn to the form of the resolution in Committee of Ways and Means, and I omitted to refer to four special items in the Department of Home Affairs. We take a vote for the arrears - which, of course, we must pay. I have given an instruction that, except in the case of salaries up to £200, no increments are to be paid, and no increases are to be paid under any circumstances, until they have been finally dealt with on the Estimates. Honorable members will observe an item of £8,000 for the conveyance of members of Parliament and others. In the various States the railway commissioners are anxious to get this money at the beginning of the year. The item of £500 for a new edition of the Seven Colonies qf Australasia, and the item of £100 to defray the Cost of the tabulation of customs statistics are re- votes. The only other special item is that of £1,000 relating to the federal capital site.

Mr. JOSEPHCOOK (Parramatta).The Treasurer ought to tell us whether that item of £1,Q00 has been expended.

Sir George Turner - No.

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