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Thursday, 2 June 1921

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   The expenses incurred by the Commonwealth in connexion with this matter amounted to £37.

2.   In connexion with the immigration proposals of the Commonwealth and States, it was represented that the ability of Queensland to absorb any considerable number of immigrants depended upon the opening up of further areas of land for settlement. The Queensland Government intimated that there was a large tract of suitable land in the Northern Burnett and Callide Valley districts suitable for agricultural holdings, but that Queensland would require a loan of £2,000,000 to be used in the construction of railways and roads to make this land available. The Superintendent of Immigration was directed to inspect and report on the proposal prior to the Government giving consideration to the matter.

3.   It is very much regretted that at the present moment the Commonwealth Government have not money available to lend to the Queensland Government for this purpose.

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