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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr Kirwan (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   What have been the positive achievements of the dairy rationalisation scheme forecast in the Governor-General's Speech in 1968.

(2)   What assistance is available under this scheme for dairy farmers in the electoral division of Forrest.

Mr Anthony - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Marginal Dairy Farms Agreement Bill 1970 was introduced on 14th May. The legislation empowers die Commonwealth to make agreements with the Stales for the operation of the Marginal Dairy Farms Reconstruction Scheme. The agreement that the Commonwealth proposes to enter into with Western Australia was tabled wilh the Bill. Given Parliamentary approval it is intended that the Agreement should be signed and come into force immediately the Bill receives the Royal Assent.

(2)   The form of assistance available to dairy farmers under the Scheme is outlined in my Second Read. ug speech. When the Scheme bec "ici operative wide publicity will be given to its details to the procedures to be followed by intending participants.

Papua and New Guinea: Common Law Rights (o Damages (Question No. 974)

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   What steps has the Administration of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea taken to inform New Guineans that advice on common law rights lo sue an employer for damages is available from officers of the Department of Labour.

(2)   What action has the Department taken to inform New Guineans of the difference between common law rights to damages and rights lo workmen's compensation.

Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) In individual cases, and where appropriate, the difference is explained to the worker concerned and he is also informed that advice about his common law rights to damages is available from the Public Solicitor. In addition, where a common law right appears to be involved, the Territory Department of Labour refers the case to the Public Solicitor, who advises whether a common law action or a claim for worker's compensation or both should be brought. The Administration has plans for a booklet for the information of New Guineans on aspects of the law, including the difference between the right to damages because of breach by an employee and the right to worker's compensation.

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