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Thursday, 30 October 1913

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) . - I listened with attention to the enumeration of the duties of Mr. Griffin, and I find that a very large amount of detailed work is involved, that is, after he has made up his mind that, in certain directions, he will require some assistance to carry them out, and to furnish the plans and designs to be operated on. Where is that assistance to come from ? Is he to have the services of the draughtsmen and other officers already in the Home Affairs Department, or is he to have the selection of a new staff, principally for his own purposes ? The amount which is to be given to Mr. Griffin for his services I do not consider excessive, but if he is to be surrounded by a host of new officers to carry out his plans and designs, that will involve a considerable expense, while the officers already in the service of the Commonwealth will have much less to do than they would have if they had to carry out all that work.

Senator McColl - Whatever assistance, professional or otherwise, Mr. Griffin may require, is to be provided by the Minister.

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