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Friday, 9 October 1931

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   In view of the unemployed inEngland being paid 17s. per week for males and 15s. per week for females, will he consider the question of requesting the Governments concerned to increase the " dole " in the various States, which averages from 5s. to 7s. for each single man or woman ?

2.   In view of the fact that food is cheaper in England, and that our meat is sold there at less than in Australia, that our dried fruits are sold for less in England than in Australia, and that any of our sugar exported to England is sold at a. price lowerthan in Australia, is it recognized that men and women seeking to live on 5s. to 7s. per week are suffering in health and stamina?

3.   Will he request the Cabinet to consider the nationalizing of the sale of bread and meat in the interests of the unemployed?

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