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Wednesday, 19 June 1946

Mr Bernard Corser r asked the Minister representing the Minister for Supply and Shipping, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact, as stated in the Queensland newspapers of 1st June, 1946, that five or six ships scheduled early in the year to take 15,000 tons of beef for Britain had to be diverted from Queensland ports directly as a result of the meat strike?

2.   Will he inform the House of the full extent to which shipments of foodstuffs for Britain were affected by the strike and what action, if any, was taken by 'the Government to remedy the failure to supply Britain with the intended shipments of Queensland beef?

Mr Dedman - The Minister for Supply and Shipping has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Because of the meat strike some ships were diverted from Queensland; the total tonnage involves was approximately6,500 tons.

2.   The meat strike in Queensland is a State matter and directly concerns the Government of that State. However, the Commonwealth Government is endeavouring to bring about a settlement of the dispute in accordance with the decision of the Arbitration Court.

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