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Tuesday, 1 October 1935

Mr JAMES (Hunter) .- The answer which the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. White) gave to my question was quite unsatisfactory. We are being asked to agree to an additional expenditure of £1,320 when the amount needed to serve the purpose for which we have been assured the bill has been introduced is only between £300 and £400. If a Minister with full Cabinet rank were to be appointed to deal with unemployment in accordance with the promise made in the policy speech of the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons), we should offer no objection to the passage of this measure, but that is not the case. The Prime Minister has said that two Ministers - the PostmasterGeneral (Senator A. J. McLachlan) and the Minister for the Interior (Mr. Paterson) - are devoting their attention to the problem of unemployment.

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