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Wednesday, 2 March 1932


Mr SPEAKER (Hon G H Mackay - I noticed that the Minister did so, but thought that it was a slip on his part. I should like every member of this House, Ministers included, to bear in mind that they must refer to other honorable members by the names of their electorates.

Mr. ARCHDALEPARKHILL.The problem of unemployment in Canberra was bequeathed to us by the last Government. It is a matter of general knowledge that the course has been followed of providing rest camps, the unemployed being entitled to a walk-in, walkout ration. That practice is adopted in New South Wales and all the other States, and it was laid down in relation to the Federal Capital Territory. The last Government, however, permitted these camps to become permanent camps for the unemployed. There are in them to-day men who have been there for over twelve months, during the whole of which period they have drawn rations. After I became a Minister I was presented weekly with the request that the issue of rations to these unemployed be extended, and I consented for several weeks. At last, however, in fairness to the general community, and particularly the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, I took certain definite steps. I found that, by some means, a number of these men had become enrolled for the last election for the Federal Capital Territory Advisory Council. I placed those men on the citizens' relief list; but the remainder of those who are in this camp-


Mr James - They are young boys.


Mr ARCHDALE PARKHILL - Many of them are ofthe same age as the honorable member.


Mr James - Some of them are under 21 years of age.


Mr ARCHDALE PARKHILL - I was at the camp yesterday and saw the men who were there ; consequently I speak with a knowledge of the subject. I doubt whether the honorable member has ever been to the camp.


Mr James - Haven't I!







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