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Wednesday, 10 May 1939

Mr Blain n asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Will immediate action be taken to instruct Mr. Lionel Hill to proceed to Darwin to set up a. local tribunal, take evidence on the spot and deliver, as chairman, determinations comparable with those he delivers at Canberra?

2.   Does Mr. Hill make determinations covering all workmen, and women, including hotel employees, in Canberra?

3.   What is the basic wage for workmen in (a) Canberra, (b) Darwin, and (c) Alice Springs ?

4.   What was the commodity cost of living index figure used by Mr. Hill in his recent determinations in Canberra?

5.   What arc the present index figures tor the towns of Darwin and Alice Springs and on what regimen are they based?

6.   What index figure was usedby the Commonwealth Arbitration Court in its recent determination of the basic wagein the Northern Territory?

7.   Was it based on information gathered in 1916?

8.   Will the Minister explain why a few months after the Commonwealth Arbitration . Court made the last award the Commonwealth Railways Commissioner was permitted to invite a section only of the workers to Port Augusta and grant a section increase, thereby accentuating the position of those not under his jurisdiction ?

9.   When does the Minister intend to commence a workers' homes scheme in Darwin and Alice Springs and intervening towns, similar to that of Queensland and New South Wales?

10.   Will immediate action be taken to finance such a scheme through the Commonwealth Bank, now well established in Darwin?

11.   Will he provide a plan of Darwin indicating all land that has been resumed for naval and military purposes?

12.   Will the position of the civic centre and the proposed site of the new government offices be indicated?

Mr Perkins - The information is being obtained.

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