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Monday, 24 September 1906

Senator PLAYFORD - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   What is meant is that the expenditure in Queensland is necessarily high, owing to the large area, the scattered population, and the tropical character of that State. If the expenditure in Queensland per head of population could have been reduced to the average for the whole Commonwealth, Queensland would in every year have received from the Commonwealth, not only three-fourths of her, own Customs and Excise revenue, but a. substantial sum in addition.


The figures for 1898-9 are not immediately available, and would require some time for preparation, owing to the fact that State publications include considerable amounts of the expenditure under Departments other than those which were transferred. To enable an immediate reply to be given, however, a comparison is made between 1899-00 and1900-1. In this connexion it may be pointed out that, though the large spending Departments - Post Office and Defence - were transferred on 1st March, 1901, the expenditure up to 30th June, 1901, was practically under State contral, as State rate of expenditure was continued up to the latter date.

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