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Tuesday, 8 November 1904

Mr HUTCHISON (Hindmarsh) - Although the leader of the Opposition says that Government House, Melbourne, is larger than Government House, Sydney, I find that, whereas last year caretakers, charwomen, and miscellaneous expenditure in Melbourne cost £359, in Sydney they cost £514

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - There is a larger expenditure on those services in Sydney, because the Governor-General resides there less frequently than in Melbourne, so that the place is often empty. There are two housekeepers in Sydney, who get £120 each.

Mr HUTCHISON - I . do not think that that should account for the enormous difference between the two sums I have mentioned. Neither do I see why it should cost more to keep in order the grounds in Sydney than is spent on the grounds in Melbourne.

Mr Watson - It does not ; but last year there was a special expenditure upon the Sydney Government House grounds, because they had been allowed to get into disrepair.

Mr HUTCHISON - That is what I wished to know. Then I find that, whereas £60 was spent to insure the Sydney Government House, the insurance of the Melbourne Government House cost £125. That is another discrepancy.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - The Commonwealth pays merely the insurance arranged for by the States.

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