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Thursday, 22 May 1930

Rival forces in the fight for leadership of the men's side in the coal dispute came into conflict at the Newcastle Trades Hall to-night, when Mr. J. Garden (Sydney Trades and Labour Council) and Mr. Davies (general secretary of the Miners Federation) both put the case for their respective organizations before the Trades Hall Council. . . .

Mr. Gardenstood as a champion of the Federal Government, especially of Mr. Beasley. He said that Mr. Brennan, Attorney-General, had definitely told the miners that the Government could not break the law by intervening in a State dispute, and the miners knew what they had to do.

The suggestion made by the Minister is that, while the Government could not break the law, the minors should break it in order to achieve their ends. The extract continues - "Have the miners' leaders complied," Mr. Garden demanded, " with the promise they made to the Government - a promise set down in their minutes - to make a general strike."

That was the attitude of the gentleman who was then championing the present

Government against the leader of the Miners Federation in respect of industrial law. Here is another extract from the Sydney Morning Herald of the 23rd May, 1929, which reads -

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