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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Question put. The Committee divided.

DIVISION:NOES 17 (11 majority) AYES 6 PAIRS 0

Majority ... ...11






Question so resolved in the negative.

Request negatived.

SenatorPULSFORD (New South Wales)'. - I think that , £917 is a very large sum to be required for temporary assistance for the administrative staff of the Department, of Home Affairs. I presume that on the Estimates in chief there was a considerable sum voted for this purpose.

Senator PLAYFORD(South Australia - Minister of Defence). - On the second reading of the Bill, Senator Pulsford asked me if I had any explanation concerning this item to offer. I made an explanation, in which I. showed that, in consequence of a number of officers for whom provision had been made on the Estimates not having been appointed until six or seven months had elapsed, temporary assistance had to be obtained by the Department, and that, through its employment, it made a saving of over£900, simply because no permanent officers had been appointed. Yet he rises again and quietly asks me to give the explanation a second time. I was blamed because I was not supplied with information concerning an item of £93; but when I do give an explanation concerning an item of£917, I am asked to give the information a second time.

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