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Thursday, 20 September 1928

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The honorable member will not be in order in discussing that item at this stage. -Mr. BRUCE (Flinders- Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) [8.55]. - I have dealt with most of the matters that have been raised. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition , (Mr. Blakeley) has proposed a direct reduction of the vote, and I have already spoken on the items to which exception has been taken.

The honorable member for Batman (Mr. Brennan) has drawn attention to a comparison of the cost of Australia House with that of Canada House, and has referred to a question which he submitted to me in this chamber a few days ago. I am taking steps to -ascertain the basis of the comparison published in the newspaper quotation which the honorable member read, but it has been impossible yet to obtain the figures covering the activities included in -estimating the cost of Canada House. In that quotation a mistake has been made in the conversion of dollars into pounds. Until I receive the information that is needed I shall not be in a position to reply to the honorable member's question.

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