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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . - Matters pertaining to drought relief or assistance to primary producers to offset the effects of bad seasons come within the province of the State governments, which, through their representatives on the Loan Council and the National Works Council, may make such representations to the Commonwealth Government for assistance as they may deem desirable. Works of the kind envisaged by the move] of the motion may only be carried out by the States and if any assistance' is sought, from the Commonwealth in their implementation the proper avenue of approach is through the Loan Council or- the National Works Council. As the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction (Mr. Dedman) has already fully stated the attitude of the Government on the matters raised during the debate I am not prepared to allow it to proceed further and I accordingly move -

That the question be now put.

Question put.

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