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I was unaware that among the useless and costly organisations that the Government has inflicted on the community there exists a Coal Mines Council, until I read with dismay that it has decided to increase the pay of this pampered section of the people, and, mind you, retrospective from May 7. If they would settle down and work like the rest of us, nobody would raise any objection. But if the council thinks that by this stroke of generosity they are going to keep the men at work they are mistaken. The added costs are estimated at £140.000 annually, not taking into account other expenses of the usual "it has been found necessary" type; and they will be met either by increasing the price or by means of that bewhiskered expression, "Government subsidy." But whichever way it goes the result is the same. No Government could subsidise the building of a rabbit hutch without the "Peter to pay Paul" procedure we all know so well. J. ORR.

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COAL MINERS' PAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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COAL MINERS' PAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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