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Tuesday, 3 December 1935


Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) . - In reference to the High Commissioner's Office, London, I desire some information from the Minister regarding the staff to deal with migration matters. Prior to the suspension of migration, Australia House employed quite an extensive staff which must have accumulated a quantity of valuable data upon the subject of migration. Do the salaries mentioned here provide for the retention of some officer or officers, so that the information may be kept up to date and the inquiries of intending migrants may be answered promptly and efficiently?

Senator SirGEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [8.9]. - After the termination of the migration agreement, the staff employed in Australia House to deal with migration matters was severely reduced, but I understand that Mr. W. J. Stables, an officer in the service of the Government of Western Australia, is loaned to the Commonwealth, and his duty is to keep this information up to date. This means that there is only one senior officer dealing with such matters.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Proposed votes- Department of the Treasury, £731,500; and AttorneyGeneral's Department, £181,370 - agreed to.

Department of the Interior.

Proposed vote,£400,400.







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