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Friday, 3 August 1906

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - If the full amount of ,£500,000 be appropriated for the purpose of paying these bounties, I take it that there will be no further need for us to make an annual appropriation.

Sir William Lyne - There would not be in any case-

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I think that there ought to be. These bounties ought to come up for review each year.

Mr Fisher - ] do not think that would be fair.


Sir William Lyne - We should not induce any one to undertake the work if the bounties were subject to revision every year.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Why not? I fail to see why there should not be some provision to enable us to see, for instance, what is being done - whether the money is being thrown into a bottomless pit, or whether it is being devoted to the objects named in the Bill. I certainly object most strongly to the immediate appropriation of the total amount. It would be far preferable to leave the clause as it stands, so that we should have an annual appropriation of £50,000 rather than that we should appropriate the whole amount, leaving the Minister free-

Sir William Lyne - Not at all. This clause will be governed by the schedule. "Under this clause we shall appropriate the whole amount, subject to the conditions set forth in the schedule.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - But the Minister proposes to amend the schedule so as to make it more elastic.

Sir William Lyne - I am merely going to move an amendment with regard to the regulations.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Clearly for the purpose of making the schedule so elastic that the Minister may* transfer portion of the amount voted from one item to another.

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