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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr BERNARD CORSER (Wide Bay) . - I support the views expressed by the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Francis) regarding the need to extend the provisions of the bill to States other than New South Wales. Honorable members who represent Queensland constituencies are proud of the record of the Queensland coal-miners throughout the war. They did credit to themselves and to their State. The Minister for Postwar Reconstruction (Mr. Dedman) said that everything possible should be done to provide amenities for coal-miners, but he has not indicated how that is to be done, nor have we been able to find in any of the remarks that have been made by honorable gentlemen opposite any concrete proposals to' ensure the continuous production of coal, although we all realize that -it is absolutely essential to industrial stability. The construction of- houses, which is an urgent need to-day, is being delayed because coal is not available in sufficient quantities for manufacturing and tranport purposes. For example, large stocks of galvanized iron, which is badly needed where homes are being built, have fa-cumulated at manufacturing centres, But because transport is not available the completion of homes is being seriously delayed. The coal-miners of New South Wales seem to have made up 'their minds r.o prevent the transport of building materials from the factories. At any rate, the inactivity of many miners is completely dislocating transport services. It seems that the coal-miners of New South' Wales intend to do as they please. They realize that the Government is so spineless that 1 1 will not.attempt to discipline them. We are facing the possibility of a complete break-down of industry. This clause devils with various powers and functions of the board. I. intend to move for the insertion of a new sub-clause.

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! As there is already one . amendment before the Chair, the honorable member may not move an amendment at this stage.

Mr BERNARD CORSER - I shall do so when the amendment before the Chair has been disposed of.

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