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Thursday, 5 March 1942

Sydney, Tuesday

The Northern Miners Management Board will consider to-morrow penalizing eight youths responsible for a hold-up involving 200 men at Maitland Main colliery to-day. Decrease incoal production at the colliery for the day was 700 tons.

About 350 men also were idle, and 1,100 tons of production were last, at Old Bulli, on the South Coast, when miners objected to working in dust at a mechanical loader.

Sena torFraser. - Those men were fined under this regulation.

Senator JAMESMcLACHLAN.We have not heard of any one being fined under this regulation. The Government has not taken action under it in any one instance.

Senator Fraser - The Government's only concern is to secure 100 per cent, production of coal.

Senator JAMESMcLACHLAN.That is not so. Some of the remarks which have been made about production are " hooey ". In the same case to which I have referred, Judge Drake-Brockman said that the production of coal should be 13,000,000 tons a year, instead of which it was only 10,000,000 tons. Yet a Minister said this afternoon that the production of coal was satisfactory.

Senator Fraser - I said that the production of coal and the stocks of coal in South Australia, although not great enough-

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