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Wednesday, 24 October 1956

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I am certainly happy to join, on behalf of the Government, in an expression of good wishes to all those participating in Apprenticeship Week, and an expression of, perhaps, the best wish of all to-day, that they will be favoured with the type of government which will assure buoyancy in the economy, which will enable them to carry out their trade without interruption to the economy, and assure them of good wages in the years ahead. The honorable gentleman will be aware that it was this Government which first established a committee of inquiry into apprenticeship conditions throughout Australia. He will also be aware, because he had an opportunity of participating in a deputation to me on one occasion, that the Government has raised with the State governments a substantial body of matters which are of direct concern to them and has sought their views from them. I shall be glad to ascertain for the honorable gentleman the stage that our inquiries have reached. I assure him that there is no intentional delay on the part of this Government in attempting to do what we believe to be necessary to maintain the Australian apprenticeship system on a satisfactory basis.

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