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Friday, 23 October 1931


Mr BLAKELEY - On the 22nd October, the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Nairn) asked me the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   How many persons, if any, have been provided by the Government with free passages from Darwin during the past three months, and at what cost!

2.   What were the destinations of such persons ?

3.   What are the qualifications required of applicants for assistance of this character!

The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Thirty-six, at a cost of £536.

2.   Melbourne, eight; Sydney, tcn; Brisbane, seven; Townsville, four; Bowen, two; Thursday Island, one; Broome, one; Wyndham, one, and Fremantle, two.

3.   Free passages are granted to destitute persons who indicate that they desire to proceed to one of the States. In the majority of cases, these persons have arrived in the Territory from tlie States, and are merely returning to their home towns. In many instances the men indicated that they had received offers of employment.

The average period of residence in the Territory of 34 of the 30 nien referred to in 1. was five months. The other two had been resident in the Territory for a longer period.







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