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Friday, 19 February 1932

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member may not reflect on the AttorneyGeneral in that manner.

Mr JAMES - If the money spent on a banquet last night in entertaining persons who have plenty had been devoted to the relief of the unemployed, the Government would have displayed a humanitarian spirit. I am reminded of the biblical words -

For whosoever hath to him shall be given and he shall have abundance; but whosoever hath not from him shall be taken away even that which he hath.

The Government adopts this policy with a vengeance. I hope that the Prime Minister will give serious consideration to the position of the unemployed. The Minister for Home Affairs (Mr. Archdale Parkhill) has announced his decision, which, I understand, is to demolish the unemployment camp at Canberra, so that no more shelter shall be available for these unfortunate men, and no further encouragement will be given to other unemployed to seek shelter in the Federal Capital.

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