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Saturday, 16 December 1905

Sir JOHN FORREST (Swan) (Treasurer) . - In reply to the honorable gentleman, I may say that there has been expenditure under this heading, by the Barton Government and by the late Government. The expenditure included in this vote was by the late Government. The rule followed by all Governments, almost since the beginning of the Commonwealth, has been that salaried Ministers do not charge any expenses except for transport. Hotel bills and personal expenses of all kinds are defrayed by Ministers from their private purses. But when honorary. Ministers are requested to go to distant places on duty, it is unreasonable to expect that they should pay their own expenses. A small amount is therefore allowed to cover their actual expenses. The amount here set down is only , £18. There is very little expended under this head, but it is quite unreasonable to expect honorary Ministers to follow the same rule as that which is followed by salaried Ministers.

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