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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Sir ROBERT MENZIES - The honorable gentleman must realize that it is very difficult for the Commonwealth to arrive at a firm estimate of these costs, because the ravages of the drought have been experienced to varying degrees within the boundaries of the individual States. I have no doubt that the State Governments themselves, in the course of making their provisions for drought relief, have been making their own calculations of losses and of what is needed in the way of relief. I am happy to say that we are in the closest contact with the Governments of both New South Wales and Queensland. I hope that as a result of the discussions we have had something more specific may be said before we are very much older. We have been looking at the kinds of things that the honorable member has in mind. The question, for example, of an interim payment would obviously depend largely upon assessments of the kind that the honorable member has referred to. Our discussions have been proceeding very well indeed in the Cabinet In fact we will be having some more discussions this afternoon so that we may equip ourselves for the next step to be taken.

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