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Thursday, 24 November 1927

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Prowse - I ask the honorable member to confine himself to the items under discussion.

Mr COOK - Recently a basic wage of £4 4s. was fixed for the rural industry in New South Wales, and it has thrown 500 people out of employment iu the Riverina district. No one engaged in that industry can afford to pay £4 4s. to casual workers. I do not mention these matters in a cavilling party spirit. I am eager to assist our migration scheme, hut I am afraid that every penny of the £34,000,000 that we are obtaining from Great Britain will be wasted if we are not careful, and that, like our soldier settlement schemes, it will prove a ghastly failure. I urge the Government to use all care in its administration.

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