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300 KILLED IN FIRST
Machine Guns Re-Issued
The Minister for Defence (Sir George Pearce) said to-day that acting on the information which appeared in the Eastern press, in regard to the use of personnel of the Military forces with machine guns, which had been provide-
ed at the request of the State Govern- ment of Western Australia, and farm-
ers whose crops were being spoilt by
the incursion of large numbers of emus into the outer fringe of the wheat belt
of that State, he had withdrawn the
personnel with the guns.
He had since received a report from the Base Commandant, Perth, which
indicated that upwards of 300 emus were disposed of, and strong represan-
tations had been made by the Premier of Western Australia and also by the farmers, that owing to the hot wea- ther and the absence of water in the interior, the emus were appearing in thousands, and pressed for return of the military party. Knowing as he did the tremendous damage that these birds could cause in a standing crop, and with a desire to save the loss to the farmers the Minister had approved of the party returning to the wheat belt.