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Thursday, 14 May 1942

Mr SPEAKER - That remark is out of order.

Mr Blackburn - I submit that no honorable member is entitled to accuse another honorable member of suppressing the truth.

Mr Spender - I withdraw the statement.

Mr WARD - The facts are that the men, with three dissentients, agreed to return to work, and the management did not have the mine ready. I have been advised by the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James), who knows much more about the coal-mining industry than does any other honorable member in this House, that it would have been possible for the management to have the pit ready upon one hour's notice, so that the men might have resumed production.

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