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Wednesday, 17 July 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - A few weeks ago there was much concern at Whyalla because of a shortage of boiler-makers. The point is, however, that there is no shortage in other parts of Australia, so we called a meeting of the Central Dilution Committee at which representatives of the central ship construction authority were present. I also was there, and we worked out a formula which provided that a number of men at Whyalla would be graded to enable them to carry out the duties of. boiler-makers in that district only, being registered as boiler makers on probation. Thus the ship building programme, which is a longrange one, has been safeguarded. The team now engaged at Whyalla is properly balanced, and the arrangement is satisfactory to the employers.

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