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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2477

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - I shall be very brief. Like Senator Cant I have an interest in the mining industry and have had all my life. My interest has been in silver and lead and his has been in gold. I have been to Kalgoorlie and it reminded me of the centre part of the Broken Hill lode when it was closing down. It was a sight 1 would sooner not have seen because it was an industry on the wane. I am delighted that because of this measure and the change in the free market price of gold there is a possibility that the Kalgoorlie Golden Mile will come again. If that happens I will be very pleased. The Opposition does not oppose the Bill. Senator Cant does not want me to refer to Broken Hill South. That mine went for 88 years and involves an experienced group of hard rock miners working in difficult ground and under difficult conditions. If Senator Cant knows of a chance of any of them finding employment in due course on the Golden Mile I am sure they would be pleased to hear of this through the Barrier Industrial Council.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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