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Wednesday, 26 November 1941

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- While the Prime Minister (Mr. Curtin) is inquiring into the matter of Mr. W. J. Smith's horse-float, about which the honorable member for Martin (Mr. McCall) has waxed eloquent, will he also arrange with the Minister for Munitions (Mr. Makin) for the appointment of an officer in his department to inquire as to whether Defence job No. P.420 at Australian Consolidated Industries Limited, at Waterloo, Sydney, concerning the making of a rotary swaging machine to be used in manufacturing shells, was held up on Thursday of last week because a blacksmith was too busy making fittings for horse-boxes to take Reading and other racehorses to America? If the facts are found to be as stated, will the Prime Minister insist that defence jobs in the annexe of Australian Consolidated Industries Limited shall be given priority over the making of horse-boxes ?

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