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Tuesday, 14 May 1968

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - I address a question to the Prime Minister and refer to the problems which have arisen, and which continue to arise, in certain areas of this country as a result of technological developments in industry resulting in labour layoffs. This is especially applicable to coal mining areas and large railway centres, but not exclusively so. Will the Prime Minister arrange an urgent meeting between representatives of the States and the Commonwealth to establish which areas are already affected, are being affected or are likely to be affected by this trend, and the form of policy which should be developed to offset the social and economic loss to people and community centres because of this trend? Will the right honourable gentleman take early action to implement this policy? Finally, will he, in doing this, ensure that retraining programmes for workers, the development of alternative industries and so on will be adequately and quickly funded by Commonwealth financial grants to the States?

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