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Tuesday, 10 December 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - If the honorable senator will consider the matter for a few moments he will know that rents paid in respect to property acquired by the Commonwealth are paid into the Consolidated Revenue, and that if that money were required to be allocated to the payment of interest on the purchase money an item would have to be inserted in the Appropriation Bill. We think the same thing can be accomplished more expeditiously and easily by making provision in the Bill as at present, and we think, moreover, that by this means we shall be overcoming the red-tape system of which we hear so much in the newspapers and on the public platform. I understand that the tenants are paying their rents to the Commonwealth Government, and that the money is being paid into the Consolidated Revenue.

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