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Thursday, 19 December 1912

Senator MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to ask the Minister representing the Minister of Home Affairs if it is correct, as stated in the Argus of this morning; that a pamphlet was issued by Mr. Knibbs setting out the statistical results of inquiries as to prices, price increases, and cost of living in Australia; that it was originally issued with a cover indicating that it was published " under the authority of the Minister of Home Affairs " only, and withdrawn at his instance; that the covers were torn off the pamphlets, and that either fresh covers were prepared, or additions made to the original covers setting out that the pamphlet was issued "under the authority of the Minister of Home Affairs, the Honorable King O'Malley, M.P.?" If the report is correct, will the Minister state what has been the extra cost entailed in this effort to flatter the vanity of a Minister?

Senator Pearce - I ask the honorable senator to give notice of the questions.

Senator MILLEN - I ask the Minister to obtain the information before the Estimates are ready for consideration, because itis not possible now to give notice, and to get the information before that business is reached.

Case of mr. chinn.

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