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Wednesday, 25 November 1931

Mr THEODORE - The measure referred to makes full provision for meeting hardship cases. It passed both Houses of the Commonwealth Parliament, and has since received assent. The agreement does not become operative until ratified by the State Parliaments. Three weeks ago, the Commonwealth Government corresponded with the State Governments, urging them to expedite the passage of the ratifying legislation in their respective Houses, so that the hardship provisions might operate. I do not know how many of the State Parliaments have passed that legislation, but until they pass it, we cannot operate the agreement.

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