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Thursday, 5 March 1942

Senator FRASER (Western Australia) (Minister for External Territories) . - Apparently, there is some confusion about the meaning of regulation 27b. Honorable senators opposite have endeavoured to read into it some threat of interference with our arbitration system, which is entirely wrong. Why did the Government promulgate this regulation? In the first place, it wantedto bring about the maximum production of coal, which is the desire of all parties represented in this chamber. We have not had a 100 per cent, production in the industry, although I say to Senator McBride that stocks of coal in South Australia to-day are higher than they have ever been.

Senator McBride - That is not so; I deny it. The statement is completely inaccurate.

Senator FRASER - It is . a, statement of fact. But still we consider that our stocks are not high enough.

Senator McBride - They are not higher than they have ever been. I have the figures.

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