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Thursday, 30 April 1942

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the attention of the Prime Minister been directed to the serious position that is developing is the food-producing industries, particularly the rural industries, as the result of the call-up of labour, enlistments and the migration of workers to more remunerative employment? Is the right honorable gentleman aware that representations which have been made to the Departments of Supply and Development, War Organization of Industry, Labour and National Service, and Commerce have so far failed to rectify the position? Will the right honorable gentleman investigate the situation with a view to coordination of action by the different departments' that are concerned with a solution of the problem?

Mr.CURTIN. - I said yesterday that the whole matter of man-power is under review by a sub-committee of Cabinet. All that has happened in connexion with the use of man-power will be reviewed by that, sub-committee, and recommendations will be made by it to the full Cabinet. I am aware that there is a grievous man-power problem in Australia, and that not only the rural industries but also other important industries are complaining of their inability to carry on in the way that they consider they should - by which I mean that they do not merely express a selfish opinion, but consider "that their activities are related to the requirements of the war.

Mr Holt - Many of them consider that they cannot carry on in accordance with the directions of the Government.

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