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Wednesday, 2 March 1932


Mr WARD (East Sydney) .- I desire to bring under the notice of the Minister for Home Affairs a matter affecting the well-being of certain residents of the Federal Capital Territory. I understand that about 30 men have been deprived of food relief. I have, therefore, asked the Government of New South Wales to undertake the responsibility which the Federal Government is not prepared to accept, and I ask the Minister to make another issue of food to these unfortunate men, while the negotiations are taking place. The party in power in this Parliament promised, in its policy speeches, many things to the unemployed, and its failure to provide food relief for 30 unemployed men in the Federal Territory is a poor indication to the people of Australia of its good intentions. We have been told that the Government of New South Wales is the only government in Australia that is not meeting its obligations. As a matter off act, the Government of that State is prepared to accept the responsibility of this Government to provide food relief for 30 residents of the Federal Capital Territory to whom the Federal Government has refused to supply food, although some of these men have been resident in the Federal Capital Territory for over twelve months. In answer to a question the Minister for Home Affairs (Mr. Archdale Parkhill) said that men in No. 4 Camp who had been sufficiently long in the Territory to entitle them to enrolment as electors for the Advisory Council would be able to obtain food; but he did not say that some of those who had been refused food were not old enough to become enrolled- If the finances of the Commonwealth are in such a deplorable state that 30 unemployed men in the No. 4 camp cannot be provided with food, the Government of New South Wales will arrange to feed them. But I ask the Commonwealth Government to make an additional issue of rations to these men until arrangements can be made for the Labour Government of New South Wales to feed them.







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