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Thursday, 14 December 1905

Senator PLAYFORD (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - All the necessary provision has been made for the upkeep of Government House in Sydney until the end of the financial year. Any further provision will have to be made by an arrangement, which will have to be submitted to Parliament for its approval when it meets. At the earliest possible opportunity it will be asked either to approve or disapprove of any arrangement which the Ministry may have thought it advisable to make. The upkeep of the building will, in the meantime, go on, and Ministers will look to Parliament to approve of any little expenditure, which may be incurred.

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - The Minister says the upkeep of Sydney Government House will go on in the meanwhile, and that Ministers will look to Parliament for its approval of the expenditure incurred, but does he mean to suggest to the Senate that the Government will spend more than has been appropriated for the services of the year ending on 30th June?

Senator Playford - No.

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - In view of that appropriation, I do not understand my honorable friend's allusion to the upkeep of the building.

Senator PLAYFORD - I was asked by Senator Walker to state what arrangement the Government intend to make for the upkeep of the building between the end of the financial year and the re-assembling of the Parliament, and I replied that if we did enter into any arrangement each House would be invited next session to approve of any little expenditure which might have been incurred after the 30th June.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - Has not the Minister already given us to understand that at the expiration of the financial year any supposed existing arrangement will determine until Parliament approves of a fresh arrangement?

Senator PLAYFORD - Undoubtedly an arrangement will have to be entered into by the Government before it can be laid before Parliament for its approval.

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