PENSIONERS AS IMMIGRANTS.
Referring to the inclusion of Mr Haldane, British Secretary of War £40,000 in the estimates in connection with the •scheme of sending naval and military pensioners as immigrants to oversea Dominions, the Minister for Defence said Australia should now be bestirring herself to secure some of the immigrants. He had mentioned to the Cabinet a scheme which a retired Indian officer had put before him, under which it was proposed to encourage immigration of service pensioners from India to Australia; but they had not time to go into it fully yet. Tt seemed to him that until the Commonwealth took over the Not them Territory, the Government would be able to do very little in this matter .unless the States gave them | some control over the land to enable them to settle these- immjjpunts. * .- - •*• "
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