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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CLARK (DARLING, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction what progress has been made in settling ex-servicemen on the land. Will he discuss with the State governments the advisabilities of making single-unit farms available to ex-servicemen?

Mi-. DEDMAN. - Settlement of exservicemen on the land in the States- was fully debated in this House recently. I shall see whether a further statement on the matter is required from me. The matter of single-farm units has been discussed with the State governments over a long period. The agreement reached at the conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers excludes single-farm units from the land settlement scheme. That lias been made clear to State Ministers who have made representations to me on the matter. The Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia is completely opposed to single-farm units chosen by individual ex-servicemen - I think the term " singlefarm units " may be misleading - as being unfair and inequitable to the very large number of ex-servicemen who would have no chance to obtain farms under similar conditions.

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