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Wednesday, 2 April 1941

Senator BROWN (QUEENSLAND) - On the 21st November, 1940, I asked the Minister for the Interior if justice would be done to waterside workers whose permits had been revoked under the National Security Regulations. The Minister then promised that the Government would deal with the matter, and that some new arrangement would be adopted whereby a worker who had been deprived of his permit would be told why it had been taken away, and would be given an opportunity to answer any charge laid against him. I received a letter a few days ago from the Queensland branch of the Waterside Workers Federation in which it was stated that nothing had yet been done in the matter. Oan the Minister say whether steps have been taken to assist the men whose permits have been revoked, so that they will have an opportunity to answer the charges laid against them and to obtain justice?

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