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Thursday, 11 November 1948

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Prime Minister aware that, according to this morning's press reports, the Joint Coal Board intends to ask the miners' federation on Monday of next week to raise the present darg to permit miners to produce at least one ton of coal a day more than they are producing at present, and to work hack on each of the three " back " alternate Saturdays that remain between now 'and Christmas ? In view of the serious state of Australian industry, as the result of the acute shortage of black coal available from .New South Wales and of the need to avoid any disruption -of Australian industry, with its consequential effect on the whole Australian economy, will the Prime Minister make a personal "pica .to the New South Wales coal-miners to work each Saturday morning between now and Christinas, in preference to alternate Saturdays-?

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