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Tuesday, 30 September 1958

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- The Opposition offers no objection to, or even any criticism of, this measure. It is a pity that the example of Tasmania in making arrangements with the Commonwealth 30 years ago for the joint collection of statistics under legislation of this sort was not followed sooner by other States. Only recently, New South Wales came into line. Now Victoria comes into line with the plan by which the head of the State department - I think he is generally called the Government Statist - becomes the Deputy Commonwealth Statistician for the State in which he resides, and all the figures collected by him for the State become the property of the Commonwealth. Provision is made for Commonwealth machinery to furnish additional information to the States where possible. The rights and privileges of officers of the State department are protected. They serve both the Commonwealth Government and the State government concerned, and nothing but good can come from the arrangement. In some States the present duplication of effort is to continue. It is to be hoped that the co-operation we hear about so much from time to time between the Commonwealth and the States in many things will at least become a reality in the field of collection and utilization of the statistical information that is available in this country. Therefore, the Opposition wishes the measure a speedy passage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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