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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
Page: 2156

Mr McCOLL (Echuca) . - It is almost impossible to estimate what the Department will cost. The question of the expenditure upon such work should really be only a secondary consideration. We should pay regard, in the first instance, to the necessity of making the Department of practical use. The work is one which must be extended, probably at an increased cost, but we shall be fully recompensed for any outlay by the greater value of the information furnished to those deeply concerned in our weather conditions. We must leave it to the Minister to see that the Department is organized with due re-, gard to economy, consistent with the highest degree of efficiency.

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