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Thursday, 3 September 1942

Mr CURTIN - I know of the matter to which the honorable member has referred, and I took action in connexion with it this week. I find that the wool brokers are not prepared to pay overtime rates, but I also find that the Storemen and Packers Union was not willing to work overtime. I have directed that the necessary steps shall be taken, to bring about au alteration of the circumstances, and the Minister for Labour and National Service, at my direction, has summoned the parties to attend a conference for the purpose of reaching a settlement. Whether they determine it or not, the Government is resolved that there shall be no loss of efficiency in the handling .of cargoes or ships. I have to pay my tribute to the officers of all the unions engaged in handling ships and cargoes on the wharfs for the magnificent co-operation that they have given to the Government in an extremely difficult matter.

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