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Friday, 11 June 1915

I am directed to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 29th ult., and to inform you that the desirability of working two shifts instead of overtime at the Small Arms Factory at Lithgow. was fully realized when the increased output became urgently necessary, but on going fully into the question it was found that the employment of two shifts was quite impracticable, owing to the fact that considerable time would elapse before fresh hands could turn out the necessary components in any quantity, and the ultimate result would he a serious diminution of output for some months while they were becoming proficient in their work. The manager has arranged, however, to put on as many employees as possible, and at a later date, when enough hands have been sufficiently trained, it may be practicable to divide the whole staff into two shifts.

Senator Millen - May I point out the same fallacy there - that you must start with untrained men?

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