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Friday, 26 May 1939

Mr PERKINS (Eden) (Monaro- Minister in charge of External Territories) . - I give that assurance. I have ascertained upon inquiry to-day, following the question asked by the honorable member for Watson (Mr. Jennings), that this contract has not been signed, and that the arrangement is that it will not be signed before next Tuesday.

Mr Forde - Will the House be given an opportunity to discuss the matter before the Government signs the contract ?

Mr PERKINS - I shall not go so far as to say that. The only assurance that I, as the representative in this chamber of the Minister for the Interior, am able to give, is that the contract will not be signed before next Tuesday, on which day the Minister will return to Canberra.

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