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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator GARDINER asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is it the intention of the Government to close down theLithgow Small Arms Factory altogether, or for any length of time?

2.   If not, how many men do the Government intend to keep on at the works?

3.   Is it a fact that married men with families are being put off before single men?

4.   Did not the men ask that they be put on short time in lieu of dismissal, in order to enable them to have some employment whilst looking for other positions?

5.   What is the approximate value of this plant, including land, machinery, building, &c.?

6.   What was the amount of profit made by the factory for last year?

7.   In view of the circumstances, and the sympathetic reply given by the Assistant Minister for Defence to a deputation that waited on him on behalf of the returned soldiers working at the factory, will the Government favorably consider the question of reinstating the men, even if they be employed for only thirty-six hours a week?

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