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Wednesday, 13 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - The Vice-President of the Executive Council was good enough to reply to certain observations I made upon the new departure proposed in making a separate Department for the Prime Minister, but he did not answer the most specific question 1 submitted. It was that, -seeing that the two Departments of the Prime Minister and the Treasurer are still to be under the same Ministerial head, what exactly is the object of separating the accounts of those Departments? 1 could understand the accounts being placed under two different heads if a new Ministerial position were to be created. If there is no motive of that kind, I see no necessity for this departure.

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