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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr WARD - The matters mentioned by the honorable member for Hunter are now receiving our earnest attention. Through the honorable member, I asked Mr. Connell to call a conference of the local Reference Board regarding the dismissal of a nightwatchman named Mitchell. Mr. Connell decided that Mitchell should be reinstated, but he has informed me that he has been advised by the manager of the Stanford Main No. 2 Colliery that it was not intended to carry out the decision of the local reference Board. I have sent the following telegram to the manager of the colliery : -

Advised Connell chairman Local Coal Board that following hearing at which all parties were represented decision given ordering reinstatement of Mitchell nightwatchman as from to-night. Connell now advised that you have stated that this decision will not be given effect to. Serious view taken by me and should be pleased receive your immediate advice as to position.

I am now awaiting a reply from the management.

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