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Wednesday, 19 June 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The Prime Minister has already answered a similar question, but the honorable member must have been too sleepy to hear him. I can only repeat what the Prime Minister said, namely, that the dispute is in the hands of the Queensland Arbitration Court, which has been handling it all along. It is not true that I intervened before the court, and raised a hornet's nest. The fact is that I asked the registrar of the court if the time fixed for deregistration of the union could be extended because negotiations were then in progress for the settlement of the dispute. Had the time been extended, the dispute would probably have been settled by now. However, there was no bad feeling between me and the court over the matter, and there never has been. As for the suggestion that the dispute is being extended to other States, the honorable member must have inside information, becauseI know nothing of the matter.

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