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Thursday, 19 May 1960

Mr TURNBULL (MALLEE, VICTORIA) - As the Acting Prime Minister will no doubt recall, about three years ago I advocated in this House that a national disaster fund should be set up on a Commonwealth-State basis. Does the right honorable gentleman know that recently the Premier of Tasmania suggested such a fund and that similar suggestions have been made following floods, fires and other disasters? As it is too late after disaster to set up a fund and expect it to operate successfully, will the Acting Prime Minister cause investigations to be made with a view to ascertain ing the possibility of such a fund being established and its probable value to the nation?

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