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Friday, 28 June 1946

Mr FRANCIS (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - Is the Prime Minister aware that the people of Brisbane and many other parts of Queensland are suffering severely from the effects of the greatest industrial dislocation in the history of that State because of the failure of the State Government to bring about a speedy settlement of strikes of meat employees, coal miners and waterside workers? Is he also aware that the citizens of Brisbane are suffering food shortages, * that industry has almost come to a standstill, and that housewives are to-day suffering greater privations than they experienced in the worst years of the war ? In view of this, . and of the fact that the industrial disturbance in Queensland is likely to spread to other States, will the Prime Minister give the House an undertaking -that he will take immediate steps to handle these disputes on a Commonwealth basis in an effort to remove, with a minimum .of delay, the privations of the people of Queensland 1

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