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Tuesday, 19 May 1942

Mr FRANCIS (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - Has the attention of the Minister been directed to the statement published in yesterday's Sunday, that the secretary of the Builders Labourers Union in New South Wales, Mr. W. F. Thomas, had said that a repetition of the experiences of last Saturday and the previous Saturday, when builders' labourers who had .taken time off in order to purchase -clothing had been -unable to obtain their requirements, would probably result in the refusal of his members to work on .Saturdays? In view of this statement, and the further remark of Mr. Thomas that 3,000 builders' labourers had been unable to buy winter clothes, what action is proposed in order to ensure that these men, and others similarly placed, .may obtain the clothing that is necessary for their winter needs?

Mr DEDMAN - I have not read the press statement referred to, but I shall peruse it and take the matter into consideration when deciding whether there shall be an alteration of the existing regulations in respect of sales.

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