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Thursday, 17 November 1960

Mr POLLARD (LALOR, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Is it a fact that some months ago the right honorable gentleman opened Ford's new £11,500,000 motor car factory at Broadmeadows and, in the course of a speech to which I listened with rapt attention, expressed great gratification at this vast expansion and considered it amply justified? Is he aware that under the new policy enunciated on Tuesday that factory and enterprise will become substantially depressed and that the positions of hundreds of employees, both male and female, in the surrounding districts of Broadmeadows, Glenroy, Fawkner and Campbellfield will be endangered? In fact, some of them are almost certain to go. As the Prime Minister justified and blessed this expansion of industry, what action does he propose to take in order to ensure that some compensating advantage is given to those whose jobs are endangered?

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