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Friday, 25 November 1938

Mr McEwen n. - On the 10th November, the honorable member for Herbert (Mr. Martens) asked the following question, upon notice: -

Will the Minister for the Interior give the number of migrants who entered Australia during the years 1936-37, 1937-38, and since July, 1038, and state their respective nationalities and the States in which they landed?

The honorable member asked on the 22nd November when the information would be made available.

I have now ascertained that the information desired by the honorable member will involve a considerable amount of work. The Commonwealth Statistician has been requested to supply certain statements, but this will take some time to prepare. The matter is, however, being expedited as much as possible and the information will be supplied to the honorable member immediately it is available.

Mr. STREET-Onthe 22nd November, the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) asked the following question, without notice

Will the Minister for Defence make inquiries regarding the number of skilled tradesmen lost to the service of the Commonwealth from the Lithgow Small Arms Factory when the

Government decided two years ago not to allow that factory to compete for the manufacture of material other than defence equipment? If he learns, as the result of his investigations, that a large number of men were lost in this way, will he undertake to reconsider this policy, so that the factory may again undertake outside orders?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member as follows : -

The conditions under which commercial work is undertaken at the Small Arms Factory have not been varied during the past two years, and as a matter of fact the value of such work executed at the factory was greater during the last financial year than wasthe case two years previously.

The records show the following changes in skilled tradesmen at the Small Arms Factory since the 30th June. 1036: -


The total number employed at the factory is also appreciably greater than was the case two years ago.

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