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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Mr BERNARD CORSER (Wide Bay) (3:35 AM) . - It was not my intention to speak on this measure, but after listening to the wordy member for Kennedy (Mr. Riordan), I arn compelled to say something in reply. The honorable member's speech reminded me of what one might expect a criminal, with the noose around his neck, to say when appealing for mercy. Whatever I have to say about the coalminers and coal-mining applies to New South Wales, because there the miners are led by Communists and other extremists. The record of miners in Queensland and in States other than New South Wales is an honorable one. During the war, they worked excellently, and since then they appear to be prepared to do their duty as are other members of the community. The Government claims to have introduced a bill which will make the miners do something that they do not want to do - that will, in fact, discipline them. The only part of the bill which the miners do not like is the part containing the so-called disciplinary clauses. During the war, the !miners of New South Wales were the only section of . workers which did not play the game, and now they are carrying on a war against the rest of the community. All sections are affected. Tram services are restricted, fewer trains run to the suburbs, mail services have been cut down, and even the capital city, Canberra, does not receive mail as regularly' as in the past, ft is not that the miners are not receiving good wages, or that their conditions are bad, but that they are determined to break down our national economy. Peop'le in the cities who have to travel to and from their work are greatly inconvenienced because of the restriction of tram services. Country dwellers are inconvenienced because services out of the city have been cut from seven trains a week to three, and the trains remaining are greatly overcrowded. Those who wish to travel from Sydney to Brisbane must sit up all night. Surely the public will hot endure such conditions indefinitely.

Mr Fuller - What cure does the honorable member prescribe?

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