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Wednesday, 1 June 1960

Mr McCOLM (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Acting Minister for Territories. Can the honorable gentleman tell the House whether it is a fact that it is estimated now that the current Budget provision for the Territory of Papua and New Guinea will be underspent by £273,000? Is it a fact that the Administration claims that the underspending will result because the Commonwealth Department of Works was unable to achieve its target for the year? Can the Minister also inform the House whether it is a fact that the revenue from taxation in the Territory under the recently introduced legislation is expected to exceed the estimate by more than £500,000? As the latest Commonwealth estimate was made as recently as the end of last year, can the Minister explain to the House why there is such a wide difference between the estimate and the official figures given in the past few months?

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