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Thursday, 24 November 1927

Mr BRUCE (Flinders) (Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) (10:22 PM) .- I move-

That the House do now adjourn.

I desire to lay on the table of the House two interim reports by the Development and Migration Commission, which have already been laid on the table of the Senate. I also desire, for the information of honorable members, to inform them that the Government has invited Dr. Kater, M.L.C., Mr. Anthony Branskill, Mr. Ben Chaffey, Mr. K. M. Niall, and Mr. Peter Tait, to act as a committee to give to the Commonwealth the benefit of their joint advice as to any stops which could, in their opinion, usefully be taken in order to prevent or reduce losses of stock, and consequent loss of national wealth, arising from the unfavorable climatic conditions to which many parts of Australia are subjected from time to time. These gentlemen have all had very great experience in the pastoral and associated industries, and are accustomed to consider and deal with the problems connected with the transport ofstock in large numbers. The committee will start its investigations shortly. It is offering its services to the Government without remuneration. The only expense to which the Government will be put will be the reimbursement of travelling expenses, and the provision of a secretary. The Government is very fortunate in being able to obtain the services of those gentlemen, and I desire to express my appreciation of their very public-spirited action in undertaking this work.

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