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Wednesday, 2 March 1932


Mr ARCHDALE PARKHILL (Warringah) (Minister for Home Affairs) . - The effecting of economies in the Federal Capital Territory is by no means as easy as might be thought from the remarks of the honorable member for Adelaide (Mr. Stacey) and cannot be dealt with offhand as he suggests.


Mr Scullin - Nor, I suppose, is it as easy as when the honorable gentleman was in opposition.


Mr ARCHDALE PARKHILL - I at no time considered that it was easy to bring about economy. It is one of the most difficult things to accomplish in relation to oneself, but much more difficult in relation to others. I agree to some extent, however, with the remarks of the honorable member for Adelaide, and assure him that the fullest consideration will be given to the views that he has expressed.

On the subject of unemployment, we are accustomed on the motion for the adjournment to the shedding of crocodile tears by the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James). They become a little tiresome as the years go by.


Mr Gander - They are not tiresome to the unemployed.

Mr. ARCHDALEPARKHILL.The Gander is at it again ! I point out that the problem of unemployment, which confronts this Government in connexion with the Federal Capital Territory, is exercising the mind of every government in the Commonwealth.


Mr Gander - I ask whether the Minister is in order in referring to me by name?







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