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Wednesday, 10 July 1946

EffectonProduction-Communist PartyandTradeUnions.

Mr.HOLT. -Having regard to the serious loss of production that is occur ring throughout Australia, due to widespread industrial unrest, will the prime Minister convene immediately aspecial conference of Premiers, with a view to determining what policy may be commonly applied, and what concerted action may be taken to copewith the situation?

Mr.CHIFLEY. - I had not given any thought to the conveningof a conference of Premiers todeal with this matter. Some time ago, a conference of employers and employees wasproposed, but on account of circumstances that arose at the time the Minister for Labour and National Service informed me that both of the parties considered that the time was not opportune for such a gather- ing. I shall discuss with him whether an attempt should now be made to convene a conference on those lines. A meeting of Premiers will be held in August in conjunction with thenormal meeting of the Loan Council. I shall consider the honorable member's suggestion.

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