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Tuesday, 19 May 1942

Mr HUTCHINSON (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - Has: the Prime Minister seen the report in to-day's press of a statement, by the executives of theBurwood Miners Lodge that, some of the stoppages; in the mining industry have been "ridiculous and unconstitutional"?' Has the right honorable gentleman any comment to make on that statement ? Are any mines stopped- or are any miners on. strike to-day?' If so,, are they the same mines and miners as were not working yesterday? Are these continual strikes in the coal-mining, industry, after what the right honorable gentleman has pre viously said, not a flouting of the. will of the- Commonwealth- Government?-

Mr CURTIN - I did read the report of what the lodge- officials said'. I am' not sitting in judgment of what they have said;.- they are an authoritative body and I accept what they have said as- being, no doubt, applicable to the circumstances that they were reviewing. There are miners on strike, to-day. They are* not the same miners as were on strike yesterday. As to whether that .is flouting the wishes of the Commonwealth Government, the answer is "Yes". If the. honorable gentleman will help me to da more about it, I shall welcome his co-operation.

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