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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) . - The committee having made a wrong decision, my aim is to ensure that what is done will be as reasonable as it can be made. The Minister is on the right track in what he is now doing. T point out to the honorable member for Grey (Mr. Badman) especially, that in these cases a mission may handle the money or it may be handled by some authority in the district; for example, in certain parts of my electorate, there are many aborigines who could make a good living even if they merely caught sufficient fish for those who need it on Fridays. In such cases, it might be possible to select some authority like the local district council, or the police, to look after the matter. The Government is taking the course that will result in the best use being made of the money allocated for a purpose of which I do not approve. The matter could be made perfect only if it had retrospective operation to the time of the landing of Captain Cook. Beyond that, I am quite in accord with the matter as it stands.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 14 (Suspension of pension while pensioner in hospital for the insane).

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