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EFFORT AT SETTLEMENT. CONFERENCE PROPOSED. BEFORE CONCILIATION COMMISSIONER. [From Our Own Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, September 17. .The coal question is coming to be one of daily mention in Parliament. To-day the Hon. G. W. Russell (Avon), asked the Prime Minister (Right Hon. W. F. Massey) if he could say what was being done with a view to ending the present coal trouble. The "go-slow" policy was being enforced now, but he had been approached by a gentleman who represented very large interests in Labour, and he had reason to believe that if another Coal Conference could be called the "go-slow" policy would cease immediately. It had been suggested that probably a larger conference would be morel likely to lead to success. Instead of only the coal-owners' and the miners', the shipping interests, the farming interests and the interests of the public generally could be represented, and an amicable understanding might be arrived at. Mr Massey replied that he was quite willing that a conference should take place, but he doubted if any good would result from' a compulsory conference. He had. however, already offered the services of one of the Conciliation Commissioners as chairman for another conference, if it were held. He was anxious, to end the difficulty at the earliest possible moment, and without a further great increase in the cost of living. The offer now being made by the mine-owners would mean only a slight- increase in the cost of living. THE KIRIPAKA MINE.

CLOSED TILL TROUBLE OVER. Frets Association. / AUCKLAND, Sept. 17. Mr Holgate, managing director of the Northern Coal Company, was asked this morning how long it was proposed to keep the Kiripaka mine idle. He replied: "It is quite impossible to say at present, bjut the directors have decided not to reopen the mine until the whole labour trouble is settled. Meanwhile, we are endeavouring to obtain freights for our boats to prevent their lying idle." Including the miners' staff and the officers and crew of the boats, about 100 men are affected by the ceasing of operations at this mine.

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COAL TROUBLE., Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1746, 18 September 1919

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COAL TROUBLE. Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1746, 18 September 1919

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