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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr MAKIN (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Munitions) - I have read the report, including the observations of the committee in relation to the facilities available in Tasmania for engagement in certain classes of work that may help the war effort. The report states than there should be a liaison officer to co-ordinate the operations of the Boards of Area Management in Tasmania and Victoria, in order that any work that cannot be undertaken in Victoria may be distributed among the smaller engineering shops and garages in Tasmania. This is considered desirable because there are in Tasmania very few large co-ordinating firms undertaking contracts, with the result that the smaller engineering concerns have not an opportunity to make certain parts of munitions as subcontractors. If the Board of Area Management in Tasmania considers that there ought to be liaison between it and the Board of Area Management in Victoria, I shall have no objection to that being effected. It is primarily the duty and responsibility of the Board of Area Management to move in the matter.

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