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Friday, 17 July 1931

Mr MARR - Will the Minister consider the advisability of providing some useful work for the able-bodied unemployed in the Federal Capital Territory, so that the Commonwealth may receive some return for the money it pays for relief?

Mr BLAKELEY - At present 500 residents of Canberra are unemployed, and I have had extreme difficulty in obtaining sufficient money to provide relief work for them. To undertake relief works in the Federal Capital Territory for the absorption of the many thousands of travelling unemployed would be impossible. As I stated to the House yesterday, up to 1,300 travelling unemployed pass through Canberra each month, and receive rations on their arrival and departure.

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