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Thursday, 26 May 1904

Mr WATSON (Bland) (Treasurer) . - i do not see much objection, on principle, to the House desiring and obtaining information of this description, especially as within a comparatively short time the Estimates will be presented. I expect, however, that the amendment will lead to a considerable increase in the cost of preparing the return.

Mr Page - The public should know what they are paying.

Sir John Forrest - They do now.

Mr Page - They do not.

Mr WATSON - No one knows the actual amount spent in the form of travelling expenses, because the payments are made out of the vote for Contingencies.

Sir John Forrest - The public know the rate per diem that is allowed.

Mr WATSON - I have no objection to the motion, but I hope that the preparation of the return will not involve any great expense.

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