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Thursday, 22 July 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - The Minister has not told as where the boys whose passages will be paid out of this vote are to be placed. I should like to know if they are to be placed on the land, or if they are to be permitted to enter into competition with Australian youths in secondary industries. Already many Australian parents are faced with the problem of what to do with their boys. They cannot get them apprenticed to trades as readily as they would like, and if boy migrants are to be permitted to come into competition with them, the position in this regard will be still more acute. The Minister should tell us if these boys are to be placed on the land and trained to be farmers. He might also tell us when the Development and Migration Commission is to be appointed. Judging by the haste with which the Development and Migration Bil] was rushed through Parliament, it is to be appointed forthwith. We learnt to-day from a reply given to' a question put by Senator Findley that one gentleman has practically been selected to act as chairman of the commission. When this body is appointed to handle whatever portion of the vote for immigration remains unexpended, and place the migrants on the land or anywhere so long as employment is found for them, what is to be done with the Department of Migration f

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