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Thursday, 29 October 1964

Senator FITZGERALD (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and Industry. In view of the need to provide the bes.t possible training in Australia for Colombo Plan students, both for their benefit and in the interests of good relations between the two countries, will the Minister ensure that there is closer planning between the Department and employers in industry before such students visit workshops? On most occasions they are refused the opportunity to use the tools of trade and must stand by and watch, as firms are frightened of accident and compensation claims. Will the Minister ascertain whether this difficulty could be overcome by means of a comprehensive workers' compensation insurance scheme?

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