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"EMU WAR" DEFENDED.

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Justified by Damage Done.

Canberra, Friday - The Minister for Defence (Sir George Pearce) in the Senate to-day warmly defended the employment of     military forces and the use of machine-   guns in the "emu war" in Western Aus-

tralia.

Senator Guthric (U. A. P., V.) asked whether it was possible to kill the emus by more humane, if less spectacular,

methods

Sir George Pearce replied that those  

who were not familiar with country in    

which emus were numerous could not rea-   lise the damage that the birds could do.

Because of the drought in inland areas,     the birds had come down in thousands   to the settled areas. Through the gaps they made in the fences rabbits followed.    

Reports had made it appear that only a  

few birds had been killed by the machine-   guns, and he had given instructions that   operations should cease, but he had learned           later that the birds had been killed in     hundreds, and, as the result of the renewed representations, the military party had re-

turned. It was no more cruel to kill       the birds with machine-guns than with

rifles, and the wounded birds were de- spatched immediately the firing ceased.  

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