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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . Following the receipt of additional information during the week-end, I should like to know from the Minister for Supply and Development (Mr. Casey) whether or not his statement is true - that machinery which is to be installed by the Government in private establishments would be installed only in the new buildings or anexes which are being erected for that purpose. I should like to know if there is any truth in a statement made to me that in the case of a Sydney organization, machinery is being installed, not in an annexe, but in the main engineering workshop, in which the company has carried on its activities for a number of years. Is it reasonable to expect that that machinery will be allowed to remain idle, except when government orders are being filled ? If the Government is in any instance installing machinery in existing workshops, and in association with the present equipment of such workshops, is it not contrary to the conditions laid down by this discussion, during which it has been generally accepted that all new machinery would be established in annexes, and quite apart from existing activities? I should like to know what the position is so that I may further examine the case to which I have referred.

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