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Tuesday, 25 November 1941

Mr ABBOTT (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Labour and National Service whether his attention has been drawn to- a statement published in the Maitland Mercury of the 22nd November;,, to the effect that more than 2,000 miners are expected to retire next January under the miners' pension scheme of New South Wales ? In view of the shortage of coal, and of our serious lack of man-power,. I ask the Minister whether he does not think that the continued employment of those miners would be of greater assistance to the war effort than their compulsory retirement? Will the honorable member discuss the position with the Minister for Mines in New South Wales?

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