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ATTACK ON EMUS.

Minister Approves of Resumption.

CANBERRA, Friday.—The machine-gun     attack on the emus which have been ravag-     ing crops in Western Australia has been re-           sumed. The Minister for Defence (Sir George Pearce) said to-day that, acting on       press reports of the use of personnel of the           military forces with machine-guns, which           had been provided at the request of the     State Government of Western Australia,           and of farmers whose crops were being     spoilt be the incursion of large numbers of       emus into the outer fringe of the wheat belt,  

he had withdrawn the party. He had since   received a report from the base comman-   dant, Perth, which indicated that 300 emus       had been killed, and strong representations   had been made by the premier of Western Australia (Sir James Mitchell), and also by     the farmers, that, owing to the hot weather     and the absence of water in the interior, the emus were appearing in thousands. Knowing, as he did, the tremendous dam-     age that these birds could cause in a stand-  

ing crop, and with a desire to save the loss   to the farmers, he had approved of the party returning to the wheat belt.

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