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Thursday, 11 October 1956

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I have already indicated to the House that the Commonwealth Government is ready to play any part required of it when the wool becomes available on the wharfs for loading into ships. As the honorable gentleman is, 1 think, aware, that situation has not yet arisen, although I understand that moves have been made in Brisbane this morning to arrange for the dumping of the wool on the wharfs, this being a preliminary to the handling of it by the waterside workers. For some time past a senior officer of the Department of Labour and National Service has been in Brisbane, keeping in the closest touch with the Premier of Queensland, and co-ordinating our arrangements with those of the Premier. I can assure the honorable member that no delay will occur when the Commonwealth assumes responsibility in this matter.

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