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Tuesday, 14 May 1968


Mr KING (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - I wish to preface my question, which is addressed to the Prime Minister, by reminding him of a statement last week, attributed to the Premier of Victoria, criticising the Commonwealth over its drought relief policy in not assisting those slaughtermen displaced because of a lack of stock available following the very good opening rains. The Prime Minister no doubt fully appreciates the fact that confidence has been restored because of these rains but that there are still many people unable to secure employment in their normal occupations. I ask: Can the Prime Minister give me an assurance that all projects to which money has been allotted will continue as planned and that if unemployment in the recognised drought areas continues the Commonwealth will still make finance available on the same terms until business returns to normal?







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