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Friday, 27 June 1930

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) - Every one recognizes the valuable work being undertaken by the department, and in view of its importance I suggest to the Minister (Senator Daly) that arrangements should be made for honorable senators and members of another place to visit the institute so that they may more fully appreciate the value of the work that is being undertaken. Honorable senators attended the opening ceremony at which the public were admitted, but on that occasion it was difficult to fully realize the extent of the scientific work which is being undertaken. Perhaps the Minister could make arrangements for another inspection to be made, so that honorable senators would be more fully acquainted with the nature of the work that is being undertaken before the budget is presented for our consideration.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland) [2.35]. - In connexion with the proposed vote for the Treasury, for which a sum of £167,380 is to be appropriated, I direct attention to the following which appeared in the financial statement issued in connexion with the budget for 1929-30-

At the 30th June, 1920, the accumulated deficit stood at £4,987,718. Towards the liquidation of this deficit the late Government proposed to apply the sum of £1,200,000 representing the accumulated income arising from liquidations of ex-enemy properties in addition to such surplus on the year's transactions as they had hoped to achieve.

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The purpose for which the accumulated funds accruing from the liquidation of exenemy properties will be applied has not yet been determined.

Has the manner in which this money is- to be used, yet been determined ?

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