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Friday, 11 May 1928

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Minister for External Affairs) - As a result of discussion at a conference in Sydney last year between Commonwealth and State Ministers, the Commonwealth Government promised to appoint a competent person to investigate fully the position of soldier land settlers in all States, with a. view to determining certain general principles which might form the basis of possible further assistance by the Commonwealth to the States, so that the problem of our financial responsibility in connexion with this phase of repatriation might be deters mined once and for all. Mr. Justice Pike, of New South Wales, was appointed to conduct the investigation on behalf of the Commonwealth, and has already visited Tasmania. I understand that he will proceed to Western Australia almost immediately and will afterwards visit the other States. There has been a certain amount of delay in the conduct of this inquiry, as His Honour must defer his visits to the States until their governments have prepared the necessary data for his information.

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