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Friday, 25 November 1938


Mr BEASLEY (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of his stated desire to provide work, particularly for the unskilled section of the unemployed, will the Minister for Works even now consider the necessity to undertake most of the works on which unskilled labour is used through the Department of Works, and not by contract, since the contract system corners the work for a select few and leaves for the majority no work at all ?


Mr THORBY - We are concentrating on those works which will provide the maximum amount of work for the unemployed. We are consulting the States to ascertain in "what way they cau assist us. Several State governments have offered the service of their technical staffs. The suggestion made by the honorable member for West Sydney is already in practice to a certain degree because many small jobs are being undertaken through the Department of Works.


Mr Beasley - You will continue to apply that policy?


Mr THORBY - Yes, where it is sound to do so.







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