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Friday, 18 November 1938

Mr LAZZARINI (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Prime Minister indicate what he considers to be profiteering? The right honorable gentleman says that profiteering will be prevented, but does not indicate what percentage or rate of profit he would consider to amount to profiteering.

Mr LYONS - The honorable member's question is an impossible one. He knows that at no particular time could a particular percentage be fixed that would cover the whole field of time. In any case, I have given an assurance that the Government will closely watch the position. The honorable gentleman is very concerned as to the possibility of this country being exploited, but the Government is just as much concerned as he is.

Mr ROSEVEAR - The Prime Minister has often repeated that he has sought the co-operation of the trade union movement in defence matters, but does the right honorable gentleman seriously think that that movement would cooperate with his Government while the Minister for Defence is letting out contracts to non-union shops in- which award conditions are not observed ? In spite of all the assurances from the Minister for Defence that there is proper regulation of conditions in these shops, trades union officials in Melbourne report that when the officers of the department go around these premises they find men employed doing the work of boys.

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