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Thursday, 20 September 1928

Mr WATKINS (Newcastle) . - I was not present in the chamber during the early part of the remarks of the honorable member for Angas (Mr. Parsons), but I gathered from what I heard that he accuses Mr. Baddeley, an ex-Minister of the Government of New South Wales, of being responsible for bringing into Australia a number of miners, and in that way adding to the unemployment on the coal-fields. The honorable member has falsely accused a gentleman who is unable to defend himself. The statement of the honorable member for Angas is untrue. When

Mr. Baddeleywas Minister of Mines he went to England and advised the miners there of the bad conditions obtaining on the coal-fields of New South Wales. He visited other countries and obtained the latest information on coal-mining with a view to improving the position of the industry here. Neither he nor the Labour Government of that time was associated with the immigration policy of the Commonwealth. I advise the honorable member for Angas to be sure of his facts before he again attempts to make a vile accusation against a prominent member of the New South Wales Parliament.

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