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Wednesday, 7 December 1938

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (BarkerPostmasterGeneral) (2:30 AM) . - It is obvious from the remarks of the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) that h'e has missed the point; otherwise his memory is out of order. The original reason for the granting of the subsidy was the encouragement of people on land in good rainfall areas to employ labour for the purpose of spreading fertilizer. No money paid by the Commonwealth Government by way of bounty or subsidy has done more. to create employment than has the fertilizer subsidy. It cannot be paid to a wheat-grower, but only to persons engaged in other forms of primaryproduction. If .this subsidy had not been available in recent years, hundreds of men who have been employed in the clearing of country to which superphosphate has been applied would not have had that work. If members of the Opposition visited portions of Australia where small land-holders have cleared and fenced hilly country at heavy cost, they would discover that much labour has" been employed as the result of this subsidy. Any action taken to restrict the payment would reduce employment. Members of the Opposition should show by their vote that they are not prepared to prevent the employment of labour in country districts.

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