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Friday, 6 March 1942
Page: 305

Mr Calwell l asked the Minister for Munitions, upon notice -

1.   How many private establishments in Melbourne engaged in the production of munitions of war (including clothing, &c.) work one shift only?

2.   Is it a fact that some of these establishments have made no arrangements for blacking out their premises because they do not intend to work more than one shift?

Mr Makin - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

l.   The department has no record of the private establishments engaged in the produc tion of munitions of war. The system is that the department will deal with major coordinating contractors only, and that these will farm out details to sub-assembly and sub-contractors.

2.   The department has no knowledge of blacking-out arrangements, which are a matter for the Department of Home Security and the State authorities. It can be said, however, that if only one shift is being worked by any firm engaged upon munitions production it is probably because of labour supply. When the Department of War Organization of Industry completes the review of industry now proceeding, it will be obligatory upon all firms to work one or more shifts as may be required in the war effort.

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