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Wednesday, 9 March 1932

Mr LYONS - I am unable to say definitely when the next Premiers Conference will meet. After the receipt by the Government, in the last day or two, of the report of the Transport Committee set up by the last Premiers Conference, I communicated with the Premiers of the States with the object of ascertaining whether they desired an early meeting of the conference in order that the report of the Transport Committee could be considered without delay," or whether, in view of the possible inconvenience .of two meetings of the confer ence within a short period, they wished to defer consideration of the report of the Transport Committee until the holding of the conference at which consideration is to be given to the financial arrangements for next year. I have already informed honorable members that the subject of unemployment is receiving the attention of a sub-committee of Cabinet, which has been requested to draft proposals, for discussion by the Premiers of the States. I cannot say whether the proposals of the Government will be submitted to this House or not before the meeting of the conference. Our main object is to co-operate with the States in doing something which will help the unfortunate unemployed in the near future.

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