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Friday, 29 April 1932

Mr BLAKELEY (DARLING, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Government has announced its intention to create councils for the administration of the unemployment relief grant. Can he inform the House how those councils will be constituted ?

Mr LYONS - In most of the States such councils already exist, and the Commonwealth will have the right to nominate two representatives to serve on each. In New South Wales the Commonwealth Government will not be able to co-operate in that way with the State Government. As only Commonwealth money is to be expended in that State, the council to be appointed there will represent the Commonwealth alone. Probably the council will consist of five members, whose duty will be to investigate proposals for the expenditure of the grant, but the personnel has not yet been decided.

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