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Wednesday, 19 May 1920

Mr CONSIDINE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that a strike is at present in existence between the members of the Barrier district of the Coal and Shale Employees Federation and the mining companies of Broken Hill, and that many returned soldiers are members of that union? .

2.   Is it a fact that under the law of New South Wales employers are compelled to offer employment to their former employees who have returned from the war, or render themselves liable to a fine of £100?

3.   Is it a fact that a -number of these men were instructed by the local repatriation authority to make application for employment on certain mines in Broken Hill, and have been refused their sustentation allowance by the local repatriation official because they declined to act as strike breakers?

4.   If so, will the Minister give instructions that these men have their sustentation allowance restored at once?

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