Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Tuesday, 8 November 1904


The CHAIRMAN - I am afraid that it will not be competent for the honorable member to discuss this matter on the division now before the Committee. The Estimates are set out under different headings, and in the item, " Electric Light and Telephones," no provision is made for any expenditure in Victoria.


Mr McDONALD - Although this work relates to the Post and Telegraph Department, the Department of Home Affairs will have to carry it out.


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - No.


Mr McDONALD - Does the honorable gentleman mean to say that his Department will not have to carry out this work?


The CHAIRMAN - It will not be competent for the honorable member to bring up a matter affecting telephones under a division that does not provide for any expenditure for that purpose.


Mr McDONALD - I do not desire to dissent from your ruling, sir, but I wish to point out that this item includes expenditure on account of repairs and maintenance, fittings and furniture, and electric light and telephones in connexion with works and buildings. However, if I cannot deal with the matter now, I shall move the adjournment ofthe House to-morrow.







Suggest corrections