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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr ROSEVEAR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honorable member for Macarthur has referred to a motion that has been carried by a Liberal party conference to the effect that female labour be recruited for farmwork. If the Government adopts the suggestion for the re-establishment of the Women's Land Army, will the Minister for Labour and National Service insist, as a condition precedent to the granting of any assistance in that connexion, that the women shall be employed under the Australian Workers Union award rates and conditions and shall not be exploited?

Mr HOLT - I have already stated that this matter has not been considered by the Department of Labour and National Service, and it certainly has not been considered by the Government. The honorable member for Dalley has asked a question that involves government policy, and I am not in a position to answer it here, but I assure him that this Government, in all its dealings in such matters, has insisted at all times that persons who are engaged under its immigration schemes or in its employment schemes shall receive the appropriate award rates and conditions which apply to any such Australian worker.

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