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Friday, 2 December 1938

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . - I find myself in a difficulty in making a decision on this matter. It appears to me that the Government is makinga remarkably good showing in an attempt to perform the impossible task of travelling in t wo opposite-directions at the same time. We were told originally that the principal purpose of the Government in earmarking £500,000 fromthe proceeds of the broad tax wasto make possible the removal of farmers from marginal lands to o ther avenues of industry which offered more prospect of profit.

Mr Archie Cameron - Hear, hear!

Mr Rankin - The ship-building industry is not too profitable.

Mr BEASLEY - Let us take one subject at a time. All I say in reply to the honorable member for Bendigo (Mr. Rankin) is that I have not yet asked the Government to provide £14,000,000 to assist the ship-building industry in Australia.I wishto know, in some greater detail, exactly how the relief proposed for distressed farmers is to be granted. We were told, at first, that adverse seasonal conditions and the occupation of unsuitable marginal lands would be the main considerations, but now the whole situation seems to be changing.

Mr Thompson - The State governments will decide how the money is to be expended.

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