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Tuesday, 29 July 1930

Senator BARNES (VICTORIA) (Assistant Minister assisting the Minister for Works and Railways) - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : -

1.   No.

2.   to 4. The men who have been granted assisted passages were not men born in the Territory or men who could be regardedas permanentresidents of the Territory. They were permanent residents of the various States, and had proceeded to Darwin in search of employment. The Government has, on several occasions, issued public warnings against men proceeding to North Australia in search of employment, but despite these warnings, a number continue to arrive in Darwin. On finding that no employment is available, the majority of these men request that theybe assisted to return to the States from which they proceeded to the Territory, and where, they consider, being amongst their relatives and friends, they will be better off and will have better prospects of securing employment. ' The Government is providing sus- tenance or relief work for the unemployed permanent residents of North Australia, and also fora large number of non-permanent residents who have arrived from the States and have decided to remain in the Territory. In the circumstances, it is not seen that any good purpose would be served by entering into anagreement with the State Governments in connexion with the matter.

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