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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr JAMES (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) -Can the Prime Minister state when the conference promised to the coal-miners will be held, particularly in relation to the disputes at the Millfield- Greta and Metropolitan mines? I have received a telegram which expresses the wish that the matter shall be dealt with expeditiously, in order to avert an extension of the trouble. Can the right honorable gentleman also state why His Honour Judge Drake-Brockman has directed that his award in respect of the working of what is known as the scraperloader machine at Millfield-Greta shall have general application? Does the right honorable gentleman know that the officials of the miners' organization have stated that they cannot and will not recommend the acceptance of such a condition throughout the industry, because His Honour was not asked to make such an award ?

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