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Thursday, 6 May 1915

Senator RUSSELL - On 30th April the honorable senator asked the following questions : -

1.   Is it a fact that Anderson and Sons, engineers, of Richmond, have been granted a contract by the Federal Government to manufacture iron tanks for the transcontinental railway, and, if so, was there a clause inserted in the contract that only members of the union should be employed?

2.   Is it a fact that at that establishment there are two non-unionists employed in this particular work ?

Th© answers are as follow -

1.   Yes. A contract has been let to the firm named, but as it was not customary, a clause of the nature indicated was not inserted in the contract. '

2.   I am not aware of this, but in any case it would have no bearing on the matter, as the work carried out for the Commonwealth by this firm embraces only a small portion of the total output of the factory.

Senator BLAKEY - Arising out of the answer, does the Minister know that it is a fact that certain non-unionists were employed on the particular work referred to? If so, is not that contrary to the policy of the Government?

Senator RUSSELL - As I have already indicated, we have no knowledge of the matter. There were no preferencetounionist conditions in the contract, mainly on the ground that the proportion of Commonwealth work done by this firm was somewhat infinitesimal.

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