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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY (Melbourne PortsMinister for Labour and National Service) . - The answer to the question of the honorable member for Wiminera (Mr. Turnbull) in regard to preference is, "Yes", with the single exception of the recognized tradesmen who were originally affected by the agreement.

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - Can the Minister give me a plain "Yes" or "No" to the question whether the ex-servicemen will be given absolute preference in the circumstances that I have outlined?

Mr HOLLOWAY -I have said that they will have preference, with the single exception that I have mentioned. That exception is necessary because of the terms of an agreement to which some of the honorable gentleman's colleagues were a party when they were members of a previous government, and to which this Government also is a party.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 11 agreed to.

Clause12 - . (1.) There shall be a Central (Engineering Trades) Committee consisting of -

(a   ) a representative of the Minister, who shall be the Chairman of theCom- mittee;

(b)   two representatives of employers; and

(c)   two representatives of employees. (2.) The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Minister and shall hold officeduring the pleasure of the Minister.

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