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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY - I am aware that there has been trouble in iron foundries both in New South Wales and Victoria. I am also aware that the matter has been referred to the Arbitration Court. As one who upholds the authority of the court the honorable member will agree that the matter should be left to the court to determine. I know, too, that the Chamber of Manufactures held a meeting to consider this matter, but I am not aware whether any decision was reached. The next step appears to be that the men will be given notice to terminate their employment. The period of such notice must be seven days. In the meantime Judge O'Mara has called the parties together. A conference is to take place at Melbourne at 9.30 a.m. to-morrow. I do not know whether the dispute has been instigated by Communists and others, and accordingly I cannot take action in respect of what may after all be only a myth.

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