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Tuesday, 9 September 1958
Page: 982

Mr HASLUCK (Curtin) (Minister for Territories) . - I want to intervene in this debate very briefly to say something about the proposed votes for the Department of Territories. The vote which is included in this group of departments is a vote of a comparatively small size - £293,000 - in respect of the Department of Territories located at Canberra. Financial provision in respect of the Territories properly so-called, that is, the Northern Territory, Papua and New Guinea, Nauru, Norfolk Island and Cocos Island is provided in Part 3 of the Estimates, and there, together with the Australian Capital Territory, we have a proposed vote of approximately £36,000,000. I respectfully suggest to you, Sir, and to the committee, that the main debate on the Territories themselves, that is, the Northern Territory, Papua and New Guinea, the Australian Capital Territory or any other Territory should take place on Part 3 of the Estimates rather than at this particular point of time when the proposed vote before the committee is a comparatively small item in respect of what might be called the head-quarters expenditure in Canberra itself. If the committee needs it, I willingly give an assurance that ample time will be provided when Part 3 of the Estimates comes before us to enable honorable members to discuss at appropriate length the proposed votes for any of the Territories in that part to which they wish to direct themselves.

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