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Friday, 4 October 1918
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Mr GLYNN (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Home and Territories) - 'The affairs of the Northern Territory have already been, investigated by several Commissions, one of which visited the Territory not very long ago. I do - not think that the matters, some of which are comparatively trivial, that have been submitted to me justify the expense which an inquiry by aCommission would involve. I am only too pleased that the honorable member has submitted complaints for my investigation, but many of the complaints that we receive are comparatively trifling. On one matter no fewer than twenty-three questions were asked, the answering or investigation of which occupied a considerable time; in other cases questions about procedure in Courts of justice have required a long investigation into, from the point of view of development, immaterial facts. I do not think that the appointment of a Commission to deal with these cases could . be justified. 'Some time ago I endeavoured to ascertain if we could get some means of preventing disputes in regard to labour, but because of want of concert among the people of the Territory those efforts did not meet with success.

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