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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Mr DEDMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for War Organisation of Industry) - I have not read the article ito which the honorable member has referred, but I am familiar with the subject. The labour problem is much more acute in South Australia than in other Stages, .and for that reason the plans -of the Department for War Organization of Industry to divert labour from non-essential industries to the war effort are further advanced there than .in other States. One plan which my department is undertaking involves the registration -of all -women employed in retail trades. The method by which these young women will be .diverted into war industries has not been finalized. Whatever method be adopted, it will be made uniform throughout the Commonwealth.. but the time at which the plan will be put into operation in the various States will vary in accordance with the pressure on labour resources in each State.

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