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Wednesday, 7 December 1960

Mr MCMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The honorable gentleman has slightly misrepresented what I said in the House yesterday. I did not say that I had advance information of retrenchments or lay-offs by Pope Industries Limited. What I said was that the decision had been made some time in October. T now add that after the decision had been made, it was communicated to my department. That is a totally different position from that represented by the honorable gentleman. It is not my business, as Minister for Labour and National Service and in charge of the Commonwealth Employment Service, to ask companies whether they will give us advance information. That is quite impracticable. But if the companies do give us notice of intention to lay off employees, we will do our best to see that the employees are quickly placed in employment.

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