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Friday, 11 June 1915

Small Arms Factory: Second Shift - Manufacture of Munitions - HansardProof - Export of Coal.

Motion (by Senator Pearce) proposed - That the Senate do now adjourn. Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) [2.55]. - I want to take advantage of this, opportunity to bring under the notice of the Minister and the' Senate generally the position that confronts us in connexion with the second shift at Lithgow as the result of the reports which were tables yesterday and to-day. I am to some extent under an obligation to the Minister for having agreed to the adjournment at a somewhat earlier hour and for having had. the opportunity to peruse the second report, which was laid on the table to-day. The position is this: We have been anticipating that as the result of this promised second shift there would be within a reasonable period some increase in the output at the factory, but after a careful perusal of that report I feel there is little justification for the s'tatement that we will get a single additional rifle under three or four months from the present time. That, I venture to say, is a disappointment to us; I think it is also a great reflection upon the resources of Australia, to- assume that we cannot so organize matters: there that we can hope for some increase in the output in some shorter period than that. The report tabled yesterday and the one presented to-day both agree, in recommending the same procedure. I do not want to place anything but the correct meaning upon the recommendation of these gentlemen. Let me, therefore, direct attention to the reports themselves. In the report tabled yesterday it was stated: -

If it is decided to introduce the second shift, which the Committee thinks is desirable, it is recommended -

Senator Findley - Which do you refer to?

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