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Wednesday, 10 July 1946

Mr ABBOTT (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Works and Housing seen a statement in to-day's Sydney Morning Herald by Mr. Fred Thomas, secretary of the Builders' Labourers Union, that many housing pro- .jects were being run unofficially by strong Communist-controlled cells and that he was in- possession of the names of the men and the details of the jobs? In view of that and- Mr. Thomas's further statement that Communists and Communist union officials were guilty of actions calculated to delay the building of homes, and that foremen and leading hands, appointed by Mr. McGirr from lists supplied by -the union for party purposes, stirred up strife among the men, will the Minister have an inquiry made as to the truth of Mr.. Thomas's statement ? If Communists and Communist sympathizers arc acting as alleged, will he take steps to have them removed from the positions they hold and from employment by the housing authorities? .

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