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Tuesday, 9 September 1958


Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - T used that instance as an illustration that the coal industry generally was not in a state of crisis, and to confirm my point that, as a result of this re-organization, it was in a very much healthier and more satisfactory position to face the future. No one will deny the hardship and great difficulty which, in individual cases, result from unemployment, however temporary it may be. I assure the honorable member that the best efforts of this Government and of the State Government also are directed to relieving those problems wherever they arise, but I will try to obtain some details of the particular point which he raises. I know that arrangements have been made for northern miners who wish to take up employment in the south but who have housing problems, to be accommodated, temporarily at least, in hostels in the southern district conducted by the steel companies and the Commonwealth Government. I will see whether I can obtain any details of more recent developments.







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