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Wednesday, 17 September 1919

Mr POYNTON - To the best of my knowledge, two deputations of munition workers and 'others 'have made representations to the -Department on the subject.

The first of these, which took place some time ago, and was received by me, requested that war workers should be allowed to participate in the Department's housing and land schemes. But they pointed out distinctly that in neither case did they wish to be placed on the same footing as returned soldiers. In other words, they were quite agreeable that the latter should have preference. The Minister for Repatriation (Senator Millen) has since made an announcement that Cabinethas approved of making representations to theStates, asking them to treat war workers on the same footing as returned soldiers in regard to land settlement and of placing war workers on the same basis as returned soldiers in regard tohousing. In regard to the latter, an amendment of the Act will be necessary. At the subsequent deputation on Monday last the request put forward was more extensive, and I am not aware of what the Minister's decision was.

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