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Wednesday, 18 May 1904

Mr LIDDELL (Hunter) - Like the honorable member for Parramatta, I wish to draw the attention of the Minister for Home Affairs to the fact that, although five months have elapsed since the Federal elections were held, no fewer than no officers in the Singleton and Scone districts have yet not been paid for their services i-i connexion with them. I asked the last Minister to inquire into the matter, and he assured me that it would be attended to, and that the officers would be paid immediately, unless there was a dispute in regard to their claims. Upon returning to my electorate, I made inquiries on the subject, and I found that many of the accounts were not disputed. Only small amounts are owing to these men - j£i, £2, and similar sums- but they have been kept without their money for five months.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - And the electoral officer in Sydney knows nothing about the matter.

Mr LIDDELL - He has received, such instructions from the Department here that he does not know what to do, although the money is lying in his office ready to be paid,

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