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Wednesday, 17 December 1941


Mr JAMES (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) -Is it a fact that in pome States, particularly in Victoria, lathes formerly used for motor car repair work are now being used in the manufacture of munitions, and that this is one of the factors which have helped to reduce unemployment in Victor ia to a minimum ? Is the Minister for Munitions aware that in motor garages in the Newcastle and Maitland districts there is a large number of lathes not being used to their full capacity - more, perhaps, than in any other part of Australia? Will the Minister consider requisitioning these lathes in the same way that the military authorities have requisitioned motor lorries? Will he take steps to have the lathes concentrated in numbers under one roof so as to make for easier supervision and more economical production of munitions, while, at the same time, helping to solve the unemployment problem in New South Wales?







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