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Friday, 13 March 1936

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government received an urgent request from the Premier of Western Austialia, the Honorable P. Collier, for further Commonwealth assistance to the pearl-shell industry at Broome, Western Australia, which, it is reported, has not yet recovered from last year's hurricane disaster?

2.   If so, can the Minister give further financial assistance to this isolated industry in order to save it from extinction ?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Treasurer has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Yes.

2.   The Commonwealth has already contributed¬£ 7,500 towards the pearling industry at Broome, including ¬£5,000 for assistance in connexion with the hurricane disaster. The request for further assistance is receiving consideration.

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