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Thursday, 11 November 1948


Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - I have not seen the report to which the honorable member has referred. I am aware that some time ago the joint Coal Board approached the miners' federation with regard to the darg. I understood at that time that an agreement had been reached, particularly in respect of mine? in which power borers are installed, to increase the number of tons of coal that could be produced under the darg. The proposal referred to by the honorable member is apparently a new one. I have discussed with the Minister for Shipping and Fuel the possibility of the miners working on each of the " back " Saturdays. I shall not make any plea to the miners, but I shall point out to the coal-miners, as 1 have done previously, how important it is to ensure that adequate supplies of coal shall be made available for industrial and domestic purposes. The coal-miners, however, are not the only persons in the community who have failed to achieve full production. Not only some other workers, but also some people in much higher positions seem to be able to spend plenty of time in places other than their places of employment. The honorable member may rest assured that any appeal that I can make to workers generally, particularly to the coal-miners, to increase production, will be made.







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