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Thursday, 5 March 1942

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I have not heard of any lock-outs. The Leader of the Senate waved a sheaf of press extracts which he said would show what had happened and why stoppages had occurred; but he cited only one instance. A miner had died, and his mates had knocked off for the rest of the day out of respect to his memory.

Senator Ashley - That is the custom in the industry.

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - We have been told that the object of this regulation is the maintenance of peace in the industry in order to ensure a continuous supply ofcoal, which is essential to our war effort. Several honorable senators opposite have spoken of the output of coal since the present Government assumed office. At the same time every Australian knows that practically every other day during the last two months a strike has occurred in the industry. As a sample of these stoppages, I quote the following press report: -

Sydney, Tuesday. "1 will ask the Minister for Labour (Mr. Ward) to intervene" the general secretary of the Miners Federation (Mr. C. W. Grant) declared when Judge Drake-Brockman gave a ruling before the Central Coal Reference Board to-day.

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