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Thursday, 24 November 1927


Mr BLAKELEY - They have been put off, and so far as I can ascertain it will be some time before they are reengaged. Retrenchment is also proposed in the other Government departments of that State. Western Australia is in the best position of all the States so far as the problem of unemployment is concerned. The Government is responsible for much of this unemployment because it has failed to assist in developing our secondary industries and in establishing new industries. I urge the Minister to consider whether it would not be wise at this juncture, when, unfortunately, there is so much surplus labour to carry out a great railway project, such as I have suggested, that would ultimately be of economic and strategic value to the people of Australia.

Sitting suspended from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday. }







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