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Friday, 4 November 1938

Mr Barnard d asked the Ministerfor the Interior, upon notice -

1.   What was the estimated number of Australian aborigines in Australia at the 30th June, 1927. and the 30th June, 1938?

2.   What were the estimated numbers ofhalfcastes at those dates?

3.   What was (a) the birth rate and (b) the death rate over the past ten years for aborigines and half-castes?

4.   What is the total area available to these people to follow their native life and customs?

5.   How many are estimated to be still in their wild state?

6.   How many compounds or areas have been reserved for their exclusive use?

7.   Can he say under what conditions these exclusive compounds are open to the white man, either for prospecting or dog scalpers?

8.   In determining areas of compounds, has the Government preserved the ceremonial grounds and water holes for the use of aborigines ?

9.   How many aborigines are in the employ of white men; what is the recognized rate of pay. and in what way are they paid if not in cash?

Mr McEwen - The information is being obtained.

Government BrickKilns.

Mr Gregory y asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   What has been the cost of producing bricks per 1,000 at the Government kilns, Canberra, during each of the past threeyears, including all charges?

2.   What price is charged to constructors and others per 1,000 at the kiln?

3.   Does the Government still insist upon all cartage of bricks being carried out departmentally? If so, what is the charge per 1,000 per mile?

Mr McEwen - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The cost, including all charges other than depreciation and interest, was -


2.   3-in. common bricks, £4 5s. ; 3-in. face bricks, £5.

3.   The department does not insist upon the cartage of bricks being carried out departmentally.

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