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Wednesday, 26 October 1949

Mr HAYLEN (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - He was also decorated for service in the field.

Mr CALWELL - He won a Military Cross in New Guinea. I sent him to London in connexion with the scheme propounded by the federal conference of the returned servicemen's organization. In fact he was nominated for this mission by the State executive of the Returned Servicemen's League in Western Australia. In Great Britain he selected 400 miners to work in the gold mines in Western Australia. I have agreed to provide shipping for them immediately, and I understand that 5,000 either British miners wish to come to Australia to work in the gold mines of Western Australia, where the pay is high and the conditions good. I take this opportunity to pay a tribute to the management of the Lake View and Star mine in Western Australia which, at its own expense and without assistance from the Commonwealth or the State governments, converted a grandstand at the old Boulder race-course into suitable hostel accommodation for at least 500 British miners. If we can get such cooperation between private enterprise and State and Federal governments, we shall be able to bring more British migrants to this country. I am glad of the opportunity to tell the House what is being done for British migrants, and to pay a tribute to the work of Mr. Lonnie, of Western Australia, Mr. Keyes, of New South Wales, Mr. Melson of Queensland, and Mr. Osborne of Victoria, all of whom went abroad in connexion with the scheme that the Commonwealth negotiated with the Returned Servicemen's League to bring more British ex-servicemen to Australia and to provide them with accommodation that they would not otherwise have obtained.

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