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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- At the request of members of the Canberra branch of the Australian Labour party I bring to the notice of the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior the action of his department in transferring a man named Evans from one position to another in the territory, thereby causing him a loss of 9s. a week, and replacing him with a person of foreign birth, who is now a naturalized British subject. It is felt by the persons concerned that during recent months there has been some discrimination against Australians in the Australian Capital Territory. Their views on this subject were expressed by Mr. A. E. Gardiner at a recent meeting of the Advisory Council of the Australian Capital Territory. Mr. Gardiner brought before the Council particulars of a contract for the felling of pines at Mount Stromlo, which was given to a naturalized British subject in preference to an Australian. The discussion in the Advisory Council showed that the difference in the amount involved was only Id. a tree. Mr. Gardiner alleged that the department had an anti-Australian bias. I bring these matters forward at the request of people who feel strongly and who are entitled 144 j" to have their views placed before the Government, and I ask the Minister to investigate them.

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