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HOUSE OF BEPBESENTATIVES.

In the House of Representatives to-day, the Minister for Customs gave notice that on Thursday he would ask for leave to introduce hills to amend the'Bounties Act of 1907, the Manufacturers Encouragement Act of 190S, and to próvido for bounties on wood pulp, ,-ock phosphate, and rewards for the discovery

of phosphates.

NEW SOUTH WALES ELECTORATES.

The Minister for Home Affairs informed Mr.' W. E. Johnson (N.S.W.) that tho New South Wales redistribution scheme had been re- ferred back to the Commissioners for recon- sideration. There had been no delay in in- structing the Commissioners to prepare a fresh redistribution. Ho did nut know whether the amended scheme would be submitted in time to be dealt with before the closo of the

session.i

Mr. Cook (N.S.W.) : You don't know?

The Minister for Home Affairs: How can I? The scheme has been sent back to tho Com-

missioners.

THE ESTIMATES.

The Estimates were further considered In committee. . \

On the "External Affairs Department," Mr. Cook (N.S.W.) castigated the Government for subsidising a Labour paper for circulation in Great Britain, when that journal contained malicious attacks on the public men of Aus- tralia. The Government should not sloop to the subsidising of a paper which attacked poli- tical opponents. The Government, although making a lot of fuss about Its belief in im- migration, had turned down two important proposals by the High Commissioner and the State Governments, which If carried out would improve the flow of new arrivals.

IRISHMAN'S IMMIGRANTS. .

The Minister for Customs gave some addi- tional information regarding the outbreak of measles on board the Immigrant steamer Irish- man. He said that the first case of mcasle3 was that of a passenger who apparently rauBt have been Infected before leaving England. Measles was, he was Informed, a very Infec- tious disease, and was infectious from Its earliest stage. .The other case3 wero appar- ently due to Infection from this and subse- quent cascB. He was informed that the only way to curb such an outbreak was:--(a) For the medical officer to make routine thorough Inspections of all passengers daily on the voyage; (b) to provide sufficient proper ob- servation and isolation hospital necotnmoda lion;. (c) to remove to hospital any'passenger showing tho least suspicion of communicable disease. If such mensures were not carried out, an outbreak like that on the Irishman was almost certain to occur. The total number ot baths on board for passengers was telx a wholly inadequate provision for 1300 persons. Tho Board of Trade did not apparently re- quire any baths, hot or cold, to be installed

The Minister for External Affairs pointed out that it was not he, but his predecessor (Mr. Batchelor), who gave Mr. Page the advertisement to the Labour "Call." The advertisement was approved by Mr. Clarke, the advertising expert of the department. Mr! Clarke's idea was that if such an advertiss ment, together with a special article on Aus- tralia, was sent to the unions of Great Britain, it would do much to sweep away the wrong impression which existed In those cir- cles as regards the views of the Labour party on immigration. If it had not been for the advertising of Australia by the Common | wealth, the States would not have had so I many Immigrants. He did not think the I Commonwealth ought to pay anything towards ¡ tho passages of Immigrants. When they had

land available In the Territory, he would bo in favour of assisting thoso who wanted to

settle there.

Referring to the Territory, he said that Bet- tlers could not be sent there till the officials had paved the way. Settlers could not be sent thero till the placo was ready.

Sir John Forrest: What do you mean by "till the placo Is ready."

The Minister for External Affairs: Survey- ing land, fixing rents, classifying areas. It would be suicidal to place people on the land before It was ascertained whether the land

was suitable.

Sir John Forrest: They can select for them-

selves.

The Minister for External Affairs: It was necessary first to ascertain If the land was of a quality, otherwise the Territory wouli get a bad namo. It was Intended to erect stores, so as to have £20,000 worth of ma- terial on hand. Then people, anxious to build might get the material when it was necessary. He had favoured work being done by day labour, but ho had 'given way, and had called for tenders. But even on that Plan, it was impossible to get all the work done. He had offered the I««»! »J*»" to find money and material and buildings, if they would find the men. No reply had been received to this offer. A steamer was to be sent up to trade from Darwin to the Daly River so that settlers might send their pro- ina tn a market. He hoped that some land

would be thrown open by the end of the yea--.

A mining man would shortly be sent up to as

sIsttÄloElst. and assist In the develop

"Territoria Contralla." or Kingsland.

Progress was reported*

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