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Wednesday, 21 September 1960

Mr CREAN (Melbourne Ports) . - Could the Minister indicate the precise sum to be appropriated under this motion?

Mr Roberton - It is not usual, nor is it expedient or possible, to mention a precise sum in connexion with a bill of this kind.

Mr CREAN - I think it is desirable, and it ought to be possible, to say how much is to be appropriated, so that we may consider the matter intelligently. I ask the Minister whether he can indicate the sum that is to be appropriated under this motion. After all, this is a responsible committee. It is supposed to know what it is doing. All I ask of the Minister is whether he can indicate the sum which this committee is to appropriate after giving the matter intelligent consideration.

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