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Thursday, 13 September 1973
Page: 937

Mr VINER (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Is the Treasurer aware of reports from Kalgoorlie, which appeared in the 'West Australian' of yesterday, 12 September, of the sacking of 30 men by a Kalgoorlie mining company, North Kalgurli Mines Ltd, and the review of development plans by the largest miner on the goldfields, Kalgoorlie-Lake View, both of which actions are said by the companies to be the direct and immediate result of the Treasurer's Budget decisions affecting gold mining? Does the Treasurer now realise the serious and damaging effect of his Budget decisions on the future of Kalgoorlie? Will he therefore urgently review those decisions with the object of revoking them?

Mr CREAN (MELBOURNE PORTS, VICTORIA) (Treasurer) - I am aware of this situation, as usual, via the zealous honourable member for Kalgoorlie - not the pale voice from the city representing the shareholders, but the person representing the workers. I gave an assurance in this House before that I was willing to listen to documented representations about this issue. I think it is a breach of faith on the side of those people who want some mercy, if you like, from the Government that they are trying to pressurise us by sacking the workers. I suggest that the honourable member use his good offices, if he has any, to call upon the board of management to reinstate those members of the staff pending the result of the representations being made.

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