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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Mr SPOONER (ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for War Organization of Industry seen the statement in the last issue of the Sydney Sunday Sun, in which the Sydney secretary of the Amalgamated Engineers Society, Mr. Carney, is reported to have said that the failure of the Government to consult the trade unions regarding plans for rationalization of industry had caused a lot of unrest in industry? If so, how does he reconcile that with his statement in Parliament on Wednesday last that the active co-operation of the trade unions had been obtained in the preparation of plans for the re-organization of industry on a war basis?

Mr DEDMAN - I have not seen the statement; but, in the operation of my department, whenever a plan for the rationalization of industry has been under consideration, the appropriate union has been consulted before any finality has been given to that plan.

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