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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr MAKIN (Hindmarsh) (Minister for Munitions) .- On the 27th November, the honorable member for Melbourne (Mr. Calwell) asked for an inquiry " as to whether Defence J ob No. P.240 at Australian Consolidated Industries Limited, at Waterloo, Sydney, concerning the making of a rotary swaging machine to be used in manufacturing shells, 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." I now inform the honorable member that the swaging machine was not being made in an annexe, but in the workshop of Australian Consolidated Industries Limited at Alexandria. It was being made by Australian Consolidated Industries Limited for the use of Plumb's Limited to swage short ends of bars used for fuze stampings which otherwise would have been wasted. Australian Consolidated Industries Limited finished their part of the swaging machine three weeks ago, but it is not yet in use, because its completion is held up pending delivery of a steel ring ordered on the 8th October from Courtney and Bohlsom. There is only about fifteen minutes' blacksmithing work in the whole job. At no time has Plumb's Limited failed to supply all annexe requirements of fuze stamping. It is added that the horse boxes referred to were completed six weeks ago.

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