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Tuesday, 29 July 1930

Free Passages to Unemployed

Senator E.B. JOHNSTON (through

Senator Carroll asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   With reference to the seventy-four free steamer passages to the various States given by the Federal authorities to unemployed residents of Darwin, does the Federal Government provide funds for the sustenance of these unemployed citizens after their arrival at the ports to which they are granted free passages?

2.   If not, is this responsibility thrown on the State Governments?

3.   In view of the fact that the States have their own difficulties through unemployment, is it the intention of the Government to continue sending the unemployed residents of the Northern Territory to the other States?

4.   Is it the intention of the Government to enter into a reciprocal agreement with the State Governments with regard to this method of solving the problem of unemployment in the Northern Territory?

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