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Wednesday, 26 November 1941

Mr ABBOTT (New England) .- On the 25th November, 1 asked the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Ward) whether his attention had been drawn to a statement published in the Maitland Mercury, of the 22nd September, to the effect that more than 2,000 miners were expected to retire next January under the miners' pensions scheme of New South Wales, and whether, in view of the shortage of coal and the serious lack of man-power, the Minister thought that the continued employment of those miners would be of greater assistance to the war effort than their compulsory retirement. I asked him to discuss the matter with the Minister for Mines in New South Wales. He said that he would be pleased to do so, and would advise me of the result of the conference. In to-day's Sydney Telegraph appears the following report: -


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