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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) .- I draw. attention to the provision in subclause 1 of this clause which provides for the establishment of a welfare fund. When clause 13 was before the committee, I sought to move that .miners' in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia should be entitled to participate in the benefits provided by this fund, but I was ruled out of order. Will the Minister in charge of the bill say whether the Government intends that the miners of Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia who, during the war, did good work, shall share in the amenities provided by the 'welfare fund ? The late Prime Minister, Mr. Curtin, described the coal-miners of New South Wales as saboteurs of the nation's war effort, and at another time he declared that they were not playing the game. Is it intended to provide a welfare fund for men who have not done a job of work, while nothing is to be provided for the miners of other States who continued at work faithfully?

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