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Wednesday, 19 June 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - The honorable gentleman has not made clear just what he wants the Government to do, though he has introduced some propaganda into his question. The industrial dispute in the Queensland meat industry is outside the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Arbitration Court. The meat industry in Queensland is working under a State award and the dispute must accordingly be brought before the State Arbitration Court. That fact renders it difficult, if not impracticable, for the Commonwealth Arbitration Court to intervene. The Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Holloway) has kept closely in touch with the position, and I myself and the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Forde) have maintained close contact with officers representing the Government of Queensland in the matter. The effect of the strike upon the economy of the State and upon the welfare of producers and others engagedin the industry is regrettable. It would, however, be difficult for this Government to act in the matter, having regard to the fact that the State Government has expressed its desire to continue to handle the dispute under the State arbitration machinery.

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