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Thursday, 7 May 1931

Senator BARNES - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   When the committee of inquiry was appointed it was decided that the expenses of the members representative of organizations other than the Government would be defrayed by the various interests represented. It was stated, however, that funds were not available to pay the travelling expenses, &c., of a representative of the domestic consumers, and it was urged that the Government meet this liability. As it was thought most desirable that the domestic consumers should have representation on the committee, payment of transport and out-of-pocket expenses was approved in this case. After the committee had been sitting for some time the Australian Canning Fruit-growers Association intimated that further funds were not available to continue the payment of the expenses of their representation (Mr. W. Young), and asked that, in order to prevent his withdrawal at that stage, the Government should bear his transport and out-of-pocket expenses. This proposal was approved, and £104 has been paid to him as expenses. This amount was inadvertently omitted from the reply given to the honorable senator on the 30th April. No remuneration for services (other than the ordinary salaries of the departmental officials) has been paid by the Government to any member of the committee . Any payments made to members of the committee have been to cover out-of-pocket expenses.

2.   Presumably the organizations which they represented on the committee boro the expenses.

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