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Thursday, 30 April 1942

Mr LANGTRY (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Minister for Labour and National Service tell the House how long the weighbridge had been faulty, what was the usual method of testing it, and what weight of coal was lost to the miners?

Mr WARD - It is impossible for me to say how long the weighbridge had been defective, but it is quite possible that it had been defective for some time before it was discovered to be by the miners and the management.

Mr Watkins - The weighbridge was last tested on the 17th January.

Mr WARD - That is so, but I cannot say for how long it was defective. Examinations of weighbridges at coal-mines are not so frequent as they might be. There is a suggestion from miners' lodges that they have on many occasions asked for tests to be made and have had obstacles placed in their way. In regard to this particular weighbridge, now that the matter has been settled, I hope there will be no need for further complaint that tests are not regularly made.

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