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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr HARRISON (Wentworth) . - -Had it not been for the figures given by the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James) I would not have spoken. The honorable gentleman spoke about the extraordinary amount of coal that can be mined by mechanical units. He said that coal production has increased to a remarkable degree, but 'that the same price was being paid by the purchaser. Either the honorable member does not know the economics of the coalmining industry, or he is seeking deliberately to mislead the House. Between 1940 and 1944 the coal output per man day decreased from 3.40 tons to 3.09 tons. Those figures entirely disprove the statements of the honorable member for Hunter. During the same period, salaries and wages rose from - £3,947,695 to £6,337,309. Therefore, whilst production per man day declined, salaries and wages increased. Obviously, the honorable member for Hunter was sadly astray in his knowledge of the economics of the industry.

Question put-

That the words proposed to be inserted (Mr. Bernard Corser's amendment) 'be so inserted.

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