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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr WARD (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - I understand that Judge Drake-Brockman has engaged in all the activities which the honorable member mentioned, and I am able to assure him that so far as I can gather, trade unionists would not be greatly dismayed if the judge walked out of this particular jurisdiction. Regarding the reported comments by the judge concerning my activities, and those of my colleague, the honorable member for Hunter, I have been advised that His Honour claims to have been misreported. I am of opinion that the employers' representative on the Coal Reference Board, Mr. McNally, misinformed His Honour regarding what had occurred, and the remarks which I had made while attending the conference on the south coast. At the earliest possible moment, I shall submit to the House a prepared statement that will include my actual remarks at the conference on the south coast. I shall also endeavour to obtain a transcript of the remarks of His Honour, so that honorable members may be able to judge who was right and who was wrong in this matter.

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