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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator SPICER - What does the Government propose to do about it?

Senator CAMERON - In my judgment the Government has been depending on the mine-owners to do the right thing. [ make no apology for that. That is the proper thing for the Government to do. [f the mine-owners say, " We are prepared to do the fair thing", well and good: but the evidence we have to-day, particularly the case of the watchman, Mitchell, which has been mentioned by Senator Armstrong, and numerous other cases, leads one to assume that the mine-owners do not intend to do the right thing. In these circumstances the Government will have no alternative but to act in the direction I have indicated. Lf it does, the most strenuous opposition will no doubt come from honorable senators opposite.

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