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Tuesday, 10 December 1912


Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I should like to ask whether the Government intend to introduce a provision providing for compensation in the case of workmen who contract a disease arising from the nature of their employment. I referred to the matter when we last discussed the Bill. This measure deals only with compensation for injuries received as the result of an accident, and it does not, as most of the State Acts do, make provision for the case of an employe" of the Commonwealth who contracts a disease arising from the nature of his employment. I think that in such cases compensation should be allowed in just the same way as it is proposed under this Bill to allow compensation in the case of a workman who breaks a leg as the result of an accident. Persons in the employ of the Commonwealth may contract lead poisoning or a number of other diseases owing to the nature of their employment, and may be affected quite as seriously as if they suffered an injury as the result of an accident. I should like to hear whether the Government intend to make any provision in that direction.







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