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Thursday, 1 December 1938

Mr James s asked the Attorney-General, upon notice -

1.   In connexion with the recent coal -miners' dispute, why was a conference not called under the Industrial Peace Act, seeing that an interstate dispute had been created?

2.   Is the Industrial Peace Act not being enforced ?

3.   If so, does the Government propose to take any legislative action to create legally tribunals such as those contained in that act?

Mr Menzies - There is already considerable duplication of industrial tribunals in Australia, both Commonwealth and State, and it is thought undesirable to add to this by having two Commonwealth tribunals exercising similar jurisdiction. It is quite true that there was an interstate dispute in the coal-mining industry. In relation to that dispute a conference was called under the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act. It was decided some time ago to repeal the Industrial Peace Acts as containing unnecessary and duplicating machinery on the subject of the settlement of industrial disputes. In the meantime it was decided not to appoint tribunals under that legislation.

Northern Territory : Dental Treat- ment for School Children - Teaching Service for Barkly Tablelands Area - Financial Aid for University Education.

Mr Blain n asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

Will he have provision made to enable local dentists at Alice Springs and Darwin to attend, at regular intervals, to the teeth of the school children of the Northern Territory?

Mr McEwen - The matter will receive consideration. At present school children are examined periodically by medical officers in the employ of the Northern Territory Administration. Where dental treatment is necessary the parents are notified. The cost of dental treatment of children of parents in destitute circumstances is borne by the Administration.

Mr Blain n asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

Is it intended to provide for an itinerant school teacher to traverse the area from Avon Downs to Maranboy?

Mr McEwen - The question of the appointment of an itinerant school teacher for the Barkly Tablelands area has been carefully considered, but it has been decided not to take any action in the matter at present.

Mr Blain n asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

Will he make a further allowance to Darwin parents whose children, having won a scholarship and passed their matriculation, in cases where parents, owing to their remoteness, find it increasingly difficult to finance their children's higher education at a university?

Mr McEwen - The matter will receive consideration.

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