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Wednesday, 30 November 1938

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (BarkerPostmasterGeneral) (4:56 AM) . - The Government is not prepared to delete this sub-clause, which I regard as of great value. The honorable member for Gwydir (Mr. Scully) has spoken from a wide knowledge of affairs in New South "Wales, which is a wealthy State, and is able to deal with the relatively small percentage of farmers on marginal lands; but obviously he is not acquainted with the conditions in "Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria, the State governments of which could not possibly cope with the problem. Probably 50 per cent, of the wheat land of South Australia might be regarded as marginal. That also applies to "Western Australia. As this sub-clause is strictly in accordance with the agreement made between the Commonwealth and State Governments, it should be retained in the bill.

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