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Tuesday, 17 May 1960

Mr McMAHON - I think the honorable gentleman will know better than does an> one else that the Department of Labour and National Service and the Department of National Development have done their best to ensure that every employee retrenched from the coal-fields is placed in alternative employment. I think the honorable member will agree, too, that on the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri fields there has been a good performance in keeping the number of unemployed to the very low limit to which it has been kept. I was not aware of the difficulty about Stockrington No. 2 colliery, which the honorable member mentioned, but T shall look at the problem and make sure that the Commonwealth Employment Service does everything possible, if any of the employees are retrenched, to see that they are placed in employment. I shall be only too happy to discuss this matter with the honorable member for Hunter should he wish it and if he feels that there is any other contribution I can make, I shall be only too happy to try to make it.

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