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Thursday, 1 December 1938

Mr BLAIN (NORTHERN TERRITORY) - Seeing that a number of rivers in the Northern Territory are capable of being dammed to provide for water conservation, which would make possible a considerable settlement along their banks, will the Minister for the Interior consider the practicability of settling refugees in this area, so that they may be engaged in useful developmental work? I suggest also that suitable people already resident in Australia might be encouraged to settle in the Northern Territory in such circumstances.

Mr McEWEN - Any proposal along the lines suggested by the honorable member, which will not be contrary to the Government's policy that aliens shall not be permitted to congregate unduly in particular areas, will be carefully considered.

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