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Thursday, 2 June 1949

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is addressed to the Prime Minister, concerns the decision of the combined mining unions to postpone their threatened stoppage of work in the coalmining industry. In view of the decision of the unions to postpone but not to abandon the stoppage, and of the right honorable gentleman's statement that at this juncture a cessation of coal production would be " complete and absolute folly, and perhaps something worse than folly ", will the Government introduce a measure to amend the Coal Industry Act with a view to removing the industry from the authority of its independent tribunals and bringing it within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration so that coalminers shall be subjected to the full rigour of our arbitration laws?

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