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Wednesday, 25 March 1942

Mr BARNARD - Is the Minister for Labour and National Service aware that certain shipping companies are reported to have held up their ships by refraining from employing labour after 10 o'clock at night, and that this has delayed the turnround of ships plying between Tasmania and the mainland ? If he is not aware of this, will he have an investigation made with a view to dealing with the companies, or to taking over the ships and operating them in some other way?

Mr WARD - I was not aware that the position was as stated by the honorable member. If he will supply me with all information in his possession, Ishall

Have the matter thoroughly investigated.

If the facts are as stated, prompt action will be taken.

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