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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr CURTIN - I ' have had a long consultation with officers of the Coal Minors Federation. I regard the interview as being highly valuable. Last evening, I had a consultation with representatives of .a certain section of the employers. That interview also was most useful. However, the representatives of the employers as a whole have not yet had an opportunity to see me. I am very anxious that they should do so. I hoped that they would be here to-morrow, which was the earliest date I thought practicable to see them, but, at their request, I have arranged to see them on Friday. The position to-day is that two mines are not working, one because of excessive dust in the drives, and the other because of some dispute about a sick man. That is not as perfect as we should like it, but it is much better than it has been for a long while.

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