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Tuesday, 31 July 1906

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . -I could quite understand what the Treasurer says if this were a direction to expend votes which had been appropriated, but it relates to expenditure in excess of specific appropriations.

Sir John Forrest - Out of the Treasurer's Advance.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I know that. We make an appropriation for the purpose of the Treasurer's Advance, and now it is proposed to enact that the money which is appropriated to the specific purpose of the Treasurer's Advance shall be applied to some other purpose.

Sir John Forrest - Certainly not. This has nothing to do with the appropriation at all, but only with the way in which the vote is to be charged.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Why is it to be accounted for in two ways? lt is to be accounted for under some sub-head or Department

Sir John Forrest - Yes; but hitherto it has not been done at once. It has been kept in a separate account, and has not been allocated against the vote until the end of the financial year. We want power to allocate it straight-away.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not quite see the advantage of the proposal.

Sir John Forrest - It will save a lot of bookkeeping and expense.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It will be necessary to keep some accounts current between the Departments, even if this provision be adopted.

Sir John Forrest - It will save much bookkeeping, without the sacrifice of any principle.

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