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Thursday, 14 May 1942

Mr BEASLEY - On the 7th May the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James) asked a similar question. He drew the attention of the Minister for Labour and National Service to the fact that certain coal-miners who had paid deposits on cottages for the Christinas holidays had not yet received any refund, and asked what action would the Minister take to ensure that refunds were made in full and as expeditiously as possible. The National Security (Contracts Adjustment) Regulations provide that where a tribunal is satisfied that, by reason of circumstances attributable to the war or to the operation of any national security regulation, the performance of any contract has become impossible or, so far as the person applying for relief is concerned, has become inequitable or unduly onerous, the tribunal may provide' for the repayment in whole or in part of any amount paid in pursuance of the contract. It is the court, and not the Minister, that is empowered to order refunds of deposits in such cases, and any person desirous of obtaining a refund should apply to the court of petty sessions nearest his place of residence for relief.

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