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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr ABBOTT (New England) . - I support the suggestion of the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Francis).

Mr Barnard - Will the honorable member include Tasmania?

Mr ABBOTT - With the greatest of pleasure. Mr. Justice Davidson, at page 35 of his report, says that at Collie, in Western Australia, housing, conditions for miners are reasonably good, whilst those at Ipswich are among the best in Australia. He goes on to say that at Muswellbrook and Kandos housing is good, while, on the contrary, housing conditions are seen at their worst at the State mine at Collinsville, in Queensland. In that State there has been a Labour government for practically 36 years.

The' CHAIRMAN.- The honorable member may not go beyond the provisions of this bill, which deals with an arrangement entered into between the Commonwealth and the Government of New South Wales.

Mr ABBOTT - I hope that the Government will not allow such beastly conditions to continue in a State mine in Queensland, where there has been a Labour government for the last 36 years. I ask the Minister to accept the suggestion of the honorable member for Moreton that such practices should be stopped, practices which are now permitted by a Labour government: I hope he will take action to make the Government of Queensland live up to the standard set by private enterprise at Muswellbrook and Kandos.

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