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Friday, 25 November 1938

Mr THORBY - The Commonwealth will not take over any State works, nor will it hand over to the States any Commonwealth works. All Common-wealth works are carried out under award conditions. We are endeavouring to bring about co-ordination, so that there will be no lapping or overlapping of Commonwealth and State activities. The intention is to provide a maximum amount of employment, and particularly to employ unskilled labour, in conjunction with the States, always taking care that the works do not overlap. Everything possible is being done to give the greatest amount of relief possible, and to carry out the works that are of the most urgent and useful character, particularly those having a defence value.

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