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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Opposition Members. - No

Leave not granted.

Mr James - That is unfair. The miners are attacked and I, as their representative in this chamber, am not allowed to answer on their behalf.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Does the Prime Minister intend that a statement like that shall not be open to debate in this House? It is a subject to which we could well afford to devote some time.

Mr Curtin - I had no statement to read. I had a few notes in respect of the production. If thehonorable gentleman wishes, I shall arrange that as early as possible an opportunity will be given to the House to debate the subject of coal.

Mr James - I want to say something now.

Mr.Curtin. - That applies to the honorable member for Hunter, also !

Mr James - No member on the Opposition side will ever be allowed again to make a statement by leave. An attack has been made on a body of men who are as patriotic as any one in the community, and I am hamstrung when I try to defend them.

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