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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Mr WARD - This matter has received my earnest attention, and a certain course of action has been decided upon. I have noted Mr. Mighell's comment that vacancies exist in the coal-mines for up to 400 miners. In view of the urgency of stepping up coal production, I have issued instructions to national service officers that all men who can be proved to have been engaged in the coal-mining industry previously are to be released from their present occupations in order that they may return to that industry. I have also advised the men themselves to communicate with the officials of the Australian Coal and Shale Employees Federation in order that they may be tabulated with a view to arrangements being made for their return to the coal-mining industry, so that coal production might be brought to the maximum.

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