AUSTRALIA: As in Berlin

A one-legged Communist named Idris Williams sat last week in a tall office building with his back to the winter view of beautiful Sydney Harbor. Two hundred seagoing ships were tied up there for lack of freight or bunker coal. Australians were shivering in heatless houses. Electricity for cooking, lighting and hot baths was rationed, and 650,000 had been thrown out of work because their factories had no coal. Comrade Williams, president of the Miners Federation, had called a coal strike.

The issue was one of the most peculiar in Australia's turbulent labor...

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