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Tuesday, 6 August 1946


I ask the honorable member to deal with the clause.

Mr BRYSON - The honorable member for Balaclava is fighting the cause of the coal-owners. Let him tell them to put their own house in order before they seek to deal with the houses of their employees.

Mr White - I rise to order. The honorable member lias said that I am fighting the cause of the coal-owners. I do not know a coal-owner. I regard the honorable member's remarks as personally offensive to me, and I ask that they be withdrawn.

The. CHAIRMAN.- The honorable member for Balaclava regards the statement made by the honorable member as personally offensive, and I therefore ask that it be, withdrawn.

Mr BRYSON - I withdraw the statement. It is an incontrovertible fact, however, that the honorable member put up a very strong case in favour of the coal-owners. During the whole of his remarks he voiced not one word of criticism of the coal-owners; his whole speech was devoted to an attack on the coal-miners. If we are to achieve the much desired co-operation about which the honorable member waxed so enthusiastic efforts must be made by both the miners and the owners. In order to achieve that co-operation and to bring: about peace in the industry, an'd the fullproduction so much desired, we must remedy many of the evil conditions under which miners have been forced to work in the past.. We have to provide better ventilation in the mines. We have to remove the dust menace. We have to remove as far - as possible the menace of explosions, fires, , and floods that have caused untold troubles in the mines. We must have the full co-operation, of the mine-owners, but we have not received that so far. The honorable member for Balaclava referred to the Kandos mine. That does stand out amongst a very bad lot in that the management by mechanizati.on and in other ways, is operating the mine under reasonable condition, but honorable gentlemen would find the reverse in other mines in New South Wales. - It is because of the bad conditions in the mines that troubles recur in the industry. Without cooperation we shall not get very far. The honorable member revived the contention that a second shift ought to be worked in order to ensure the production of more coal. The honorable member forgot to tell us where he thinks the labour for the second shift can be obtained. Will he volunteer to work in a mine ?

Mr White - Yes.

Mr BRYSON - Will be take a few of his friends into the, mine with him? I do not think the honorable gentleman would make any better job of coal-mining than he does of politics, and he makes a. very poor fist of politics.

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