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Thursday, 16 April 1931


Senator DOOLEY (New South Wales) (Assistant Minister) . - I desire to say just one or two words with regard to the question that has been raised by the Leader of the Opposition, but unlike the right honorable gentleman, I do not intend to refer to mere hearsay. I also have heard a lot of unverified gossip, but I refrain from repeating it. Following my appointment to the Cabinet, I resigned my position as a member of the Public Works Committee. As to the objection that, on the score of expense, the committee should not be allowed to function during this period of depression, I may state that it has more than justified its existence. As there is now no money available for Commonwealth public works, there is no work for the committee to do. Therefore, no expenditure is being incurred.


Senator Thompson - Perhaps it has spent all the money available.


Senator DOOLEY - If the honorable senator desires precise information as to the work done by the committee, it will be an easy matter to obtain it. If he were well informed on this point he would not be so ready to ridicule or criticize the committee which has done excellent work and brought about many savings.







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