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Wednesday, 1 October 1902

Sir MALCOLM McEACHARN (Mel) (bourne) . - I do not think this vote should be allowed to pass before we take an opportunity of complimenting the Treasurer upon the excellent way in which he has presented the items relating to his department, and upon the economy which he has displayed throughout. If all the departments were similarly administered, we should have very little difficulty in disposing of the Esti mates.

Mr. MAHON(Coolgardie).- Whilst we all desire to compliment the Treasurer upon the way in which his Estimates have been brought forward, we should have reason to compliment him still more if he had given officers from the more distant States a chance to fill positions in the Treasury and Audit offices.

Sir George Turner - I have selected officers from all the States.

Mr MAHON - I hardly think so. I know that several highly-qualified officers in Western Australia were anxious to send in their applications for positions on the Treasury staff, but they found that the time available would not permit of their doing so. At the time the appointments were made I pointed out that sufficient notice had not been given to permit of applications being received from the distant States.

Sir George Turner - Yes ; and on the next occasion I allowed ample time, and I also gave consideration to all the applications received from Western Australia. One officer in my own office comes from that State.

Mr MAHON - I have not heard of any one having been appointed, and if the statement of the Minister is correct, the officer to whom he refers should be produced as a rara avis. I feel sure that now that the Treasurer's attention has been called to this matter, he will give every opportunity to officers in the more distant States to apply for any position which may become vacant in the future.

Vote agreed to.

Division 25 (Audit Office)- £12,7 67 , agreed to.

Division 26 (Government Printer) - £13,416.

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