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Wednesday, 2 March 1932

Mr ARCHDALE PARKHILL - On the 26th February, the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) asked mo the following question, without notice: -

Will the Minister for Home Affairs allow unemployed persons now in camp in Canberra to remain there if they are able to secure food relief elsewhere?

I then informed him that the Government did not intend to provide in Canberra a permanent camp for travelling unemployed, but that his suggestion would be considered. I have now given consideration tothe matter, but regret that I cannot agree to vary the principle that the camp be regarded as a " rest camp " at which the travelling unemployed may remain for a period of two weeks. Special cases will, however, be considered on their merits.

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