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Wednesday, 11 October 1972
Page: 1453

Senator McLAREN (South Australia) - 1 was hoping that the Minister would give some indication that at least the Government will take some notice of what I have said about priority being given to the people whom I have mentioned. 1 ask him again whether he will give an undertaking that some priority will be given even to the relatives of existing settlers - say, to their sons or sons-in-law who might want to apply for a dispossessed block before it is put on the open market. If he is not prepared to go that far, will he give consideration to specific cases which a member of Parliament brings to his notice and at least examine the qualifications of the people who are desirous of getting one of these blocks?

I am referring to the Loxton irrigation area. Will the Minister at least listen to these people and give urgent consideration to placing some embargo on particular blocks which have been dispossessed and are now awaiting a decision to put them on the open market? I ask the Minister at least to hold those blocks off the open market until he considers the cases of people who feel that they are justly entitled to be given an opportunity to make a life for themselves in the Loxton irrigation area. Can he give an undertaking that something will be done at least to heed to pleas of these young chaps who have served this country?

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