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Tuesday, 31 July 1906

Sir JOHN FORREST (Swan) (Treasurer) . - This clause is similar to a provision which is contained in the laws of Great Britain and three of the States, and will enable economy to be exercised without undue risk. That is my note upon the matter. The only explanation of it which I can offer is that the AuditorGeneral requires it in order that he may be saved the necessity of checking minute details which have already been checked, and certified to by the proper departmental officers.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Of course, it will save him a lot of work.

Sir JOHN FORREST - It is a provision that is not new.

Mr. JOSEPHCOOK (Parramatta> [10.2]. - I trust that the Treasurer is right in disposing of the matter in this way. I also hope that he will not be surprised if he finds that it leads to an increase in peculation.

Sir John Forrest - The AuditorGeneral cannot dispense with a detailed audit without the consent of the Treasurer.

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