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Wednesday, 26 March 1941

Senator CLOTHIER asked the Minis ter for Munitions, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the official factory employment figures for Australia as a whole show a recent increase of 9 per cent., whereas in Western Australia in particular there has been an actual decrease of . 09 per cent.?

2.   Is it a fact that, lacking opportunities near their homes, skilled workers in considerable numbers are leaving Western Australia to accept employment in factories in eastern States ?

3.   Having regard to the distance of Western Australia from the main centres of industrial activity, its resources in raw materials, its urgent defence needs, and its relatively small population, is it not the view of the Government that it is preferable, under these circumstances, to take the work to the worker rather than carry the worker to the work?

4.   Is it the intention of the Government to establish at an early date in Western Australia a' munitions factory on the lines of those recently sanctioned for Queensland and South Australia?

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