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Tuesday, 19 March 1957

Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In asking the Prime Minister to take immediate steps to stabilize the coal-mining industry and thus protect the employment of those engaged in that industry, I direct the attention of the right honorable gentleman to the continuing closure of mines, despite the splendid record of production that has been achieved. Is the right honorable gentleman aware that the sackings that are taking place constitute a violation of a promise given to the mine-workers, who were assured that they would be given continuity of employment if they built up stocks of coal to meet a then-existing situation? I point out to the right honorable gentleman the urgency of this matter because of the closure of mines throughout New South

Wales. I remind him that in Lithgow, in the Macquarie electorate, one colliery with more than 200 employees-

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