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Friday, 15 May 1942


Mr CURTIN - I am glad to say that, with the exception of a small mine which produces 20 tons of coal a day but has been prevented from continuing production by reason of a fire that broke out in it a few days ago, all coal mines in New South Wales are working to-day. I thank the miners as a body, as well as the officers of the Coal Miners Federation, the mine managements, the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James), and all others in the country that have exerted their influence in the direction of encouraging the continuance of coal production.


Mr Harrison - Does the right honorable gentleman include the employers in his expression of thanks?


Mr CURTIN - Yes. Many employers have behaved admirably. Some of the officials of the employers, however, have not conducted themselves as well as they might. I say that quite frankly. Certain miners, too, are not free from that reproach. I assure the House and the country that the Government is conscious that some fundamental cause isoperating to produce the irritation, confusion, and state of mind that have led to so many stoppages of coal production in New South Wales. I shall give the most earnest consideration to the suggestion of the honorable member for Hunter.







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