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Wednesday, 8 March 1961

Mr McEWEN - The Government is aware of and is greatly concerned by the disastrous experience of those citizens of Western Australia many of whom, I gather, are constituents of the honorable member for Kalgoorlie. The Government, in regard to such matters as natural calamities of this kind, has a policy which has evolved over the years, which is now quite clear and which provides the basis upon which the Commonwealth operates, with the State governments, in affording relief in defined circumstances. If the Commonwealth has not yet received any communication from the State Government, then I can indicate that any request made, conforming to this now clearly understood policy, will be very promptly and sympathetically considered.

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