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Thursday, 23 November 1905

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON (South Australia) - I recollect Senator Givens drawing my attention to this matter last year. I admit that it is a bad practice, but I think that the difficulty is in using the word "Controller" without stating, by means of a foot-note, that the Usher of the Black Rod is the Controller. Without a foot-note we have .no means of knowing, until we have made inquiry, whether the Controller named on a subsequent page is identical with the Usher of the Black Rod.

Senator STEWART(Queensland). - I desire to again call attention to the fact that the report of the Auditor-General is not in our hands when we are dealing with the Appropriation Bill. If it were available we could see exactly how much was spent on each item during the last financial year, and therefore should be in a better position to decide whether too much or enough is being asked for on the present occasion. Can the leader of the Senate say when the report of the AuditorGeneral will be ready, and if in the future it is likely to be placed in our hands before the Appropriation Bill is considered?

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