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Tuesday, 30 September 1902

Mr L E GROOM (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1   . Has his attention been drawn to the following telegram which appeared in the Argus of 25thinst. : - ' ' With reference to the Federal Budget, the Premier of Queensland states that there has been a large amount of unnecessary expenditure in connexion with the transferred departments. The increased expenditure in Queensland alone was for the year ended June - Post and Telegraph, £38,700 ; Defence, £59,085 ; Customs and Excise, £3,937, or nearly £102,000. The Government was in the dark as to how this increased expenditure had been incurred, as the information asked for on the matter had not been supplied ? "

2.   Are the statements made with respect to the increase of expenditure in the transferred departments and the failure to supply the information asked for correct ?

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