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Thursday, 4 April 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY - I remember the letter to which the honorable member litis referred., and I saw the advertisement which hehas mentioned. Certain inquiries have been made, but I do not know of any particular incident of wages above the award rates having been offered. The advertisement certainly was tricky, and would lead intend ing applicants to believe that they would be employed at rates above those prescribed in awards. In some instances it appeared that wages of£7 or £8 a week above the minimum wage were being offered, but when the matter was investigated the people responsible for the advertisement said that that was not so - that the particular classes of workers for whom they were advertising - tailoresses, for example - were entitled under the award to the wages offered. In answer to the question whether action has been taken to prevent the wagepegging regulations from being defeated, a test case is now in progress in the High Court and we are waiting to see the result of it.

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