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Tuesday, 18 September 1928

Mr BRENNAN (BATMAN, VICTORIA) - I desire to ask the Prime Minister a question relatiug to the cost of the upkeep of Australia House as compared with the cost of Canada House in London, and perhaps in explanation I may be excused for reading the following paragraph from last night's Melbourne Herald -

Statistics nowshow that whereas it costs Canada only 335,000 dollars (£16,750) a year to run Canada House in London, it costs Australia over 3,000,000 dollars (£150,000) to run Australia House in London. Australia House has a staff of 341, Canada House a staff of 148. And Australia has but a population of six millions, compared with nine and a half millions for Canada.

I ask the right honorable gentleman whether he will correct this paragraph if it is incorrect, or if it is correct, justify the increased cost of Australia House compared with that of Canada House?

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