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Wednesday, 10 May 1961

Mr JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) - Is the Treasurer aware of the substantial and ever-growing number of displaced steel workers in Newcastle and Wollongong? Does he know that shortage of orders is the reason advanced by the steel companies for dismissals? Did the Treasurer, in November, 1960, when announcing the Government's new economic policy, say that there was a serious shortage of steel? How does he therefore explain the present apparent over-supply of steel which is resulting in substantial unemployment in the steel industry? Did the Government announce early this year that steel exports were to be one of our major overseas income earners? Would the Treasurer care to comment--

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