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Wednesday, 26 March 1941

Senator McBRIDE - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : -

1.   It is understood that the Commonwealth Statistician has published figures to that effect.

2.   The department is aware that persons have travelled from Western Australia to the eastern States in search of employment, but it does not know the reasons which have influenced them nor the numbers.

3.   It is the policy of the Department of Munitions to utilize the manufacturing resources of Australia to the utmost extent, and thus orders are being placed wherever plant and machinery is available. Western Australia is receiving orders for munitions production.

4.   There are technical difficulties to be surmounted in establishing certain classes of munitions production in the more distant States, but the possibilities are being fully explored and the claims of Western Australia, are receiving full consideration.

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