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Wednesday, 24 February 1932

Mr BAKER (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Works, upon notice -

1.   How many unemployed persons have received employment under the previous Government's grant for relief work - (a) in the Commonwealth; and (6) in Queensland?

2.   How many more unemployed is it estimated will receive work under this grant - (a) in the Commonwealth; and (6) in Queensland?

3.   What was the amount set aside under this grant for improvements at - (a) Archerfield aerodrome; and (&) Lytton?

4.   How much of the money referred to in paragraph 3 has been spent?

5.   When is it expected that the works at Archerfield and at Lytton will be completed?

C.   Is there any intention on the part of the present Government of following the example of the previous Government, and making available further moneys for the relief of the unprecedented unemployment now existent in Australia?

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

The following information is furnished in relation to that portion of the grant made available for expenditure by the Works Department : - 1. {a) Approximately 11,000 mon; (ft) approximately 1,300 men. 2. (o) Approximately 4,000 mcn; (6) approximately 1,200 men. 3. (a) £4,500; (6) £2,334. 4. (a) £3,043; (b)£1,693.

5.   It is anticipated that Archerfield will be completed in six weeks and Lytton in four weeks.

6.   I am not in a position to advise whether any further moneys will be made available in the near future for the purpose referred to.

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