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Thursday, 30 April 1942

Mr JAMES - Has the Minister for Supply and Development seen in the press the statement by Mr. Mighell, chairman of the Commonwealth Coal Commission, that 300 miners are wanted for employment in the coal-mining industry? Is the honorable gentleman aware that many thousands of miners obtained employment during the depression, as labourers in other industries, and that now, owing to the man-power regulations, they cannot . be released from those occupations in order that they may return to the mines? Does not the honorable gentleman believe that they would be better employed in the mining industry than as labourers? If so, will he make representations to the man-power authorities, and endeavour to inculcate in their minds that such men should be placed in occupations in which they may better serve the nation?

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