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Thursday, 17 September 1942

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for Labour and National Service lay on the table of the House the statement that he has read, and move that it be printed for the purpose of allowing honorable members to discuss it. particularly its omissions?

Mr WARD - It is not necessary for me to lay the paper on the table of the House, because it will be published in Hansard. Honorable members will have ample opportunity to discuss the activities of the Department' of Labour and National Service during the debate on the Estimates.

Mr ANTHONY - Is it not a fact that an officer of the Department of Labour and National Service is located in the office of the Allied Works Council in Sydney, and that that officer approves the names of every person whom the Allied Works Council calls up ? Further, if the Minister for Labour and National Service has nothing to hide in connexion with the relationships between his department and the council in respect of the call-up pf men, why has he refused to table the statement which he made to the House this afternoon in order that it might be discussed?

Mr WARD - My statement wild be incorporated in Hansard as a completestatement covering the call-up and selection of men for the Allied Works Council. It would be impossible for me to put it in plainer language now, but later I may find the opportunity to bring into the House a blackboard and a stick of chalk 30 that I might be able to explain in simpler form to the honorable member.


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