An A.B.C.news team is now in Mt.Isa reporting on current developments in the dispute.Yesterday, the?
TRACKING SHOT STREET & SHOPS
11 1/2 ft
13 1/2 ft
15 1/2 ft
CROWDS IN STREET
EGERTON SOF AT 27 ENDS AT
60 1/2 ft
64 1/2 ft
MR. FOOTS: SOF ENDS AT
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124 1/2 ft
CHIEF INSPECTOR BAUER SOF ENDS AT
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CROWD AT MEETING
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176 1/2 ft
77 1/2 ft
MORE GO IN
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SOF starts: "Do you think the men will go back.."
SOF ends: "...much closer to settlement."
SOF starts: "Mr. Foots, how would you..."
SOF ends: "...to comment on their action."
SOF starts: "There's been some criticism..."
SOF ends: "...necessary to make it up."
SOF starts: "People are saying..."
SOF DOWN TO B.G. ......"unless...."
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Background: An A.B.C.news team is now in Mt.Isa reporting on current developments in the dispute.Yesterday, the team, including A.B.C.reporter Curt Laughlin, toured the area and spoke with some of the key figures in the dispute.There were few visible signs around the township that major production had in fact ceased in the underground mine workings.Only few shops have closed down because of the stoppage and apart from the mine, most of the town's activities continue as normal.
There is, however, an air of tension and emotion in the town that's not difficult to discern once you begin to talk with the miners or other workers in the town.Almost everyone has an opinion about the dispute.
Reporter Curt Laughlin spoke first with Mr.Egerton, President of the Queensland Labour Council.
The A.B.C.reporter then talked with the General Manager of Mt.Isa Mines, Mr.J.W.Foote.
The next figure interviewed was the Police Officer in Charge at Mt.Isa, Chief Inspector Bauer.
A number of police were on duty outside the Star Theatre yesterday when a mass meeting of miners was held to heat reports from union leaders.An estimated 1,500 men, women and children went to the meeting, which was orderly and well conducted.
Several other speakers condemned the Queensland Government's proclamation and brought rounds of applause from the meeting.Although no formal resolution was passed, it was generally affirmed that the union leaders seek a three-sided conference with the Queensland Government and representatives of Mt.Isa Mines.Judging by developments today, such a meeting will be held on Wednesday.It's expected news of this meeting will be favourably received by the Mt.Isa mining work force.