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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr ROSEVEAR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the fact that the Prime Minister, in his reply to my question of the 26th February, indicated that of the £69,600 allocated in November, 1931, to the Commonwealth Works Department, only £48,277 has been expended in New South Wales, thus leaving an unexpended balance of £21,323, and that the allocation to the PostmasterGeneral's Department in that State shows an unexpended balance of £2,000, will the Prime Minister expedite relief work to ensure that the unemployed get some work pending the proposed Premiers Conference? Does the Prime Minister not think that it would stimulate much more active co-operation from the States at the proposed conference if the Commonwealth Government were to display a little more activity in the expenditure of money in order to assist the States in alleviating the distress consequent upon unemployment generally in Australia?

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