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Thursday, 1 October 1936

Senator MARWICK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Loader of the Senate, upon notice -

In view of the disastrous result of drought and grasshopper plagues in the agricultural and pastoral areas of Western Australia, as reported to the Treasurer by a deputation on Monday last, 28th September, will the Minister state what action the Government proposes to take, and what action (if any) has been suggested by the State Government, to assist the sufferers?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCEThe Treasurer has supplied the following answer : -

The situation created by the drought in Western Australia, was brought to the notice of the Government by a deputation of Western Australian senators and members, including Senator Marwick, which waited upon the Treasurer. The Premier of Western Australia has now applied to the Treasurer in his capacity as chairman of the Loan Council for an increase in the Western Australian loan programme for 1936-37 as approved by the Loan Council. In view of the considerable distress that evidently exists over a wide area in Western Australia, the Commonwealth Government is sympathetic to this requestand is willing to co-operate with other members of the Loan Council in giving a larger allotment to Western Australia of the loan moneys that will be raised during this financial year. The Premier's request is now under consideration by the Loan Council.

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