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Tuesday, 23 May 1939

Mr WARD (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the numerous requests received by honorable members from constituents seeking employment, will the Assistant Treasurer state where he alleges a shortage of man-power exists ?

Mr SPENDER - If the honorable member read the whole of my speech in its proper context, there should be no need for him to ask the question. I shall, however, be glad to give him information upon any portion of my speech should he so desire.

Mr ROSEVEAR - Is the Assistant Treasurer prepared to supply honorable members with a list of jobs for which sufficient man-power is not available, if they will supply him with a list of the unemployed in their electorates?

Mr SPENDER - I have insufficient time to do what the honorable member suggests, but I shall be willing to assist him in any way I can.

Mr DRAKEFORD - Will the Assistant Treasurer state whether he was speaking for the Government when he said that man-power available for certain public works is limited? What public works had he in mind when he made that statement?

Mr SPENDER - In the speech to which the honorable member refers, I expressed my personal views. Again I suggest that honorable members should read the whole speech, and if they do so, they will find that I referred, not only to men who are employed, but also to those who are unemployed.

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