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Thursday, 19 November 1936

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) .- The sum of £33,000 is set down as the share of Western Australia of the surplus revenue to be distributed among the States. I desire to know whether the Commonwealth Government has received from the Government of that State any further request to make up the amount of £300,000 which was short paid to that State by the Commonwealth. On several occasions honorable senators representing Western Australia have drawn attention to the very severe drought conditions now being experienced in that State, and I was pleased to note that the Loan Council, with the concurrence of the other States recently decided to allocate to Western Australia a further sum of £1,000,000 of loan moneys. I understand that at thai meeting the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) was present and gave valuable assistance to the Minister representing the Premier of Western Australia., the Premier himself being unable to attend. The thanks of the people of Western Australia are due to the right honorable gentleman for his assistance in obtaining that extra amount of loan money for their State. Seasonal conditions in Western Australia are causing its people grea t concern, and I, therefore, urge the Government to increase, if possible, the amount payable to the western State.

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