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Wednesday, 7 December 1938

Mr LYONS - The Minister for Works (Mr. Thorby) has made the intention of the Government very clear. In view of the substantially increased amount of money made available this year throughout Australia for public works, particularly in regard to defence projects, and of the endeavours to accelerate the provision of the work in every State, the Government is not making a special grant on this occasion for relief works prior to Christmas. It is felt that with the larger works programme in operation this year persons who are unfortunately unemployed should be able to obtain work before Christmas or immediately afterwards. Every effort is being made to initiate works before Christmas.

Mr Thorby - Some new work has already been started.

Mr LYONS - As much work as possible will be made available both before and immediately after Christmas.

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