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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1337

Mr RANKIN (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - Has the Prime Minister read the statement attributed to the general secretary of the Australian Coal and Shale Employees Federation, Mr. G. W. Grant, as reported in the Sydney Sun yesterday, that, when the miners' leaders met the Prime Minister in Canberra to-day, they would warn him that if any attempt were made to apply regulations to miners without an investigation of anomalies in the industry, a serious situation might arise? Was that warning conveyed to the Prime Minister by the miners' leaders to-day, and, if so, what was the right honorable gentleman's reaction to such a threat? Will he make it .clear to those engaged in the coal-mining industry, irrespective of whether they are owners, miners' representatives or miners, that in giving effect to the regulations to ensure a maximum production of coal, he will not be influenced in any degree by threats or warnings?

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