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Friday, 21 October 1949

Dr EVATT - The matter of the supervision of expenditures, not only in New York but also in every other Australian diplomatic post, is one for the officials of the Department of External Affairs and is, of course, subject to supervision by the Treasury and ultimately by the Auditor-General. That has been done in respect of every post abroad, including New York. I am not aware of any special report in relation to the Australian consulate in New York; but T am aware that the matter of such expenditure has been under close supervision by Treasury officials and by the Auditor-General for some considerable time, and also, as a matter of fact, by the Chairman of the Public Service Board, Mr. Dunk, who previously was secretary of the Department of External Affairs and who has examined the matter. I have not seen the actual report- referred to, but I shall examine it to see whether there is anything in it that requires attention. Finances in relation to posts abroad are administered in the way that I have prescribed.

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