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Wednesday, 27 May 1914


Senator BARNES (Victoria) .- I wish to obtain some information from the Minister of Defence. I am given to understand that a number of the men employed in the clothing factory under the honorable senator's control are not now working full time. I understand that there is any amount of work to be done to supply the Defence Forces with clothing required, and to keep all the employes of the factory fully occupied, so that each may take home a full pay on every pay-day. I am told that the Forces in various parts of the Commonwealth are not as well supplied as they might be with clothing, and, in the circumstances, it is strange that there should be any of the factory hands idle. I can understand that just now, as we are nearing the end of the financial year, the Government may desire to conserve the public funds as much as possible in order that they may make as good a show as they can in their financial statement. But they have a duty to perform to the employes of the Commonwealth, and while there is work for them to do, no man should be sent home at the week-end with less than a full week's wages. I should like to know from the Minister whether there ia any truth in the statement that the clothing factory hands are not now fully employed ?







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