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Wednesday, 17 June 1903

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

With reference to sm article in the Aye newspaper of the loth inst. -

1.   Is it true " that through Federal extravagance the State Governments do not receive the returns of the revenue to which they are entitled." If not true, what are the facts?

2.   Is it true "that dozens of officers whose positions were sinecures under the States were transferred to the Federal service at largely increased salaries." What is the total of new appointments ?

3.   Is it a fact that some State officers have been appointed to Federal positions " at double salaries." If so, how many, and what are the salaries paid ?

4.   Is it true that the private secretaries of two Ministers are being paid out of Commonwealth funds?

5.   Are any officers of the Commonwealth service, whilst travelling, having their living expenses paid out of public funds?

6.   What was the Adelaide estimated cost of ederution per head ; and, including the proposed High Court expenditure, by how much has that estimate been exceeded?

7.   What was the pre-federation cost of the military and naval forces, and what is the present cost ?

8.   What is the actual saving per head by the reduced military expenditure ?

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