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Friday, 7 May 1915


Mr SPEAKER - Of course, any honorable member who desires can have these reports bound, much in the same way as the Estimates are now bound.


Mr Joseph Cook - Would it not be possible to have some sort of file provided on which honorable members could keep these reports?


Mr SPEAKER - Thereis some little difficulty about the filing of Bills and other documents at the present time. A file of Bills is provided for each honorable member ; but I notice that, as a rule, honorable members content themselves with the Bills that are laid uponthe table, and scarcely use their files. My own opinion is that it would be better to do away with these Bill files altogether, and rely upon the Bills placed on the table. This would have the advantage, at any rate, of saving considerable trouble and cost in printing. As to the reports of the Inter-State Commission, I shall see whether some arrangement can be made for their filing. Yesterday the honorable member for Cook asked me a question concerning the reports laid on the table by the Public Works Committee, and suggested that there were certain plans and other documents that should have been attached to the reports; but even if that be so, we here officially know nothing about them. It is for the Public Works Committee to take the necessary steps to have such maps and documents made available.







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