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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr JAMES - Oan the AttorneyGeneral say whether it is a fact that, at the Richmond Main Colliery, in the northern coal-fields district of New South Wales, the miners, after going down the mine only five minutes late on two successive days, and after having been at work preducing coal for 35 minutes, were recalled to the surface by the management, which directed that the knock-off whistle be blown? If this be so. did not the action of the management constitute a breach of the recently issued regulation governing the coal-mining industry? What action does the Government propose to take against the mine-owners for sending the men home, thus losing the production of thousands of tons of coal from the largest coal-mine in Australia?

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