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Tuesday, 29 September 1942

Mr CURTIN (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Prime Minister) - I have not seen the press statement referred to. For some little time, however, there have been indications that unless supplies of tobacco - and in some instances tea - are increased, industrial unrest is likely to occur. I was also somewhat surprised yesterday to be informed that one coal-mine was not working because arrangements had not been made to vary the starting time in accordance with the daylight saving provisions. I have only this to say: The Government is most anxious that there shall be fair dealing as between all sections of the community, and will do its best to bring this about. It will make the best arrangements it can to ensure that supplies of various commodities are made available as regularly and as equitably as organization can achieve, but that does not mean that interruptions of essential war industries will be tolerated for any reason whatsoever.

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