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Thursday, 14 December 1905

Senator CLEMONS - May I ask a question arising out of the answer given by, the Minister to Senator O'Keefe? The answer to part 3 of the question seems to be unsatisfactory. I should like to have some information as to the method adopted in arriving at the conclusion, andas to the data that has been used. Can Senator Playford give us any further information as to how the answer has been arrived at ?

Senator PLAYFORD - I cannot say how the answer has been framed, but I think I can, guess. The total expenditure of the Commonwealth is so much, Tasmaniahas a population of so many, and on a population basis she would lose a certain sum.

Senator CLEMONS -Can the Minister give us any data concerning the items which, in his opinion, have been taken, into account for the purpose of his answer, as being part of the per capita basis of distribution ? He has not told us what items, in his opinion, ought to be debited per capita. There is an enormous range of expenditure.

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