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Tuesday, 2 April 1957

Mr MCMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - The honorable member for Wilmot was good enough to come to my office the other day and discuss this problem with me. I had not heard of it previously. As I informed him. responsibility for civilian settlement is a matter solely for the State Government. lt is outside the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Government. As to the extension of the period, I have to advise the honorable member that this matter has already received the consideration of the Government, not during my time as Minister, but during the term of my predecessor, when it was decided not to extend the period during which eligibility could be established.

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