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Thursday, 16 June 1904

Mr BATCHELOR (Boothby) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - There is no objection to supply the information which the honorable and learned member desires, but I should like to point out to him that in addition to the deletion of paragraph 5, it will be necessary for further amendments to be made if he desires that the information shall be speedily placed at his disposal. I presume that he wishes to secure the return as soon as possible ?

Mr Robinson - Yes.

Mr BATCHELOR - That being so, it will be necessary to make one or two alterations. In paragraph 3 it is asked that information be given as to the total cost and expenses of the Royal Commission, while in paragraph 4 a request is made for information as to the total cost of all maps, plans, and other documents in relation to the Federal Capital. As a matter of fact, the maps and plans were prepared for the Royal Commission, and their cost is included in the figures relating to the expenditure incurred by the appointment of the Commission. If the honorable and learned member agrees to paragraph 4 being amended by the substitution of the words " the printing and distributing of " for the words "all maps, plans, and other," his object will be served, for the whole cost of the maps and plans, as well as of the Royal Commission, will be given in answer to paragraph 3.

Mr Robinson - I am quite willing that the suggested amendment should be made.

Mr BATCHELOR - I will therefore move -

That the words "all maps, plans, and other," line ir, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " the printing and distributing of " ; that the words " including the cost of issuing and distributing," lines 12 and 13, be left out ; that paragraph 5 be left out.

Amendments agreed to.

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