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Thursday, 24 October 1912

Gentlemen,

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 23rd ult. relative to complaints which have been made of delay in the delivery to members of the Legislature of the bound volumes of Hansard, and to append for your information a copy of a report on the matter which has been obtained from the Acting Government Printer, viz. : -

I regret that some delay occurred this year in issuing last session's bound volumes of Hansard. There were several causes which contributed to this delay, the principal of which was the need of suitable machinery. This has, however, now been remedied. Another reason was the omission of a number of members to furnish the addresses to which they desired their volumes forwarded. To prevent a repetition of the latter delay, I would suggest that the whole of these addresses be obtained by an officer of Parliament before the House is prorogued.

The whole of last session's volumes were issued from this office early in June, and the only parcel which, to my knowledge, was not delivered at that time was the one for Senator Rae, which, unfortunately, miscarried. I can assure the Treasurer that such preventable delay as occurred last time will not be repeated.

I have the honor to be,

Gentlemen,

Your obedient servant, (Signed) Andrew Fisher,

Treasurer.

The President of the Senate and

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Melbourne.

I have asked the Clerk to obtain from honorable senators, before the prorogation of Parliament, the addresses to which they require the bound volumes to be sent. If honorable senators will notify their addresses to the Clerk in writing, there will be no cause of complaint hereafter, and the Government Printer will not be able to state that he did not know to what addresses the volumes were to be despatched.







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