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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Mr JAMES - I ask the Minister for

Labour and National Service the following questions, which I regard as of urgent national importance: - Is it a fact that the Millfield coal-miners have refused to accept the terms of an award issued by His Honour Judge Drake-Brockman, on the following grounds: -

1.   That the award does not give the same conditions as obtain at the adjacent colliery - Stanford Main No. 2 - at which selection for the mechanical loaders is made from within the mine, according to the seniority of the employees; and

2.   That wheelers wheeling from the mechanical loaders at Stanford Main No. 2 receive 26s.11d. a shift for doing exactly the same class of work as the Millfield wheelers are asked by this award to do for 23s. 3d. a shift ?

Is His Honour Judge Drake-Brockman identical with a one-time Senator DrakeBrockman ? Has he been president of the Employers Federation of Australia?

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