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Friday, 31 October 1913

Senator BLAKEY (Victoria) .- Like Senator Rae, I claim to be one of the non-official members of the Northern Territory. I regret very much that no provision lias been made on these Esti mates for the establishment of freezing works at Port Darwin. When the parliamentary party visited the Northern Territory, its members were given distinctly to understand by the Administrator that he was making arrangements with stockowners at the back of the Katherine River to supply a certain number of cattle at certain periods of the year, so that the works which were contemplated might be kept fully supplied. I would like to know whether the Government have decided to do nothing in the direction of establishing those works. Then there is the laundry, at Port Darwin, which, has been so frequently ridiculed as a Socialistic enterprise. As one who has visited the Territory, I sincerely trust that something will be done to alleviate the conditions under which white women labour there.

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