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Thursday, 17 September 1942

Mr ROSEVEAR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the fact that Statutory Rule No. 170, which amends Statutory Rule No. 88, forbids the Allied Works Council from taking men away from protected undertakings, U the Minister for Labour and National Service able to prevent the council from infringing the rule by taking men from such important jobs as the graving dock in Sydney?

Mr WARD - Complaints have been made that, in some instances, the direction given by my department has been disregarded. The department has informed the Allied Works Council that certain undertakings are protected, and it ought not, therefore, seek to obtain men from them. If the honorable member will give specific instances-

Mr Rosevear - One hundred men were taken last week.

Mr WARD - I shall hand the names over to the officers of my department, and inquiries will be made.

Mr ROSEVEAR - On the 9th September, I directed the attention of the Prime Minister to the waste of manpower in the Accounts Section of the Allied Works Council. Although some nien are not required to leave the capital cities, they are paid a portion of their wages, and their wives receive the balance in the form of an allotment. This unnecessary diversion of payment increases the work, of the accounts staff. I also referred to the issue of vouchers for the payment of £6 a fortnight to people who were not entitled to them. The Prime Minister promised to call for a report upon these matters. Has the right honorable gentleman called for the report, and, if so, is it available?

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