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Thursday, 25 September 1958

Mr COPE (Watson) . - Mr. Speaker, I entirely endorse the remarks made by those honorable members who have commended the work of the Public Accounts Committee. I do not want to cover the ground that has already been traversed, but I should like to mention the reasons why the committee did not inquire into the St. Mary's ammunition filling factory project. Those reasons are quite obvious. A firm by the name of W. D. Scott and Company Proprietary Limited was employed-

Mr SPEAKER - Order! I ask the honorable member not to canvass that line of argument. Any discussion of matters beyond the scope of the motion before the House would be out of order.

Mr COPE - The matter was mentioned earlier. I should like to add my tribute to those that have already been paid to the honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Bland), who is chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, for the work that he has done. I know that he does a great deal of work in his leisure time at the weekends in preparing the reports of the committee which are put before the Parliament for its earnest consideration. The committee is purely and simply a non-party body. I should like to say one thing in particular. It does present its reports regularly. That is in sharp contrast with the course taken by another committee - the Constitution Review Committee - which, I believe, intends to present its report at a time coinciding with the coronation of Prince Charles!

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member is again out of order in referring to the Constitution Review Committee.

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