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Friday, 18 June 1915

Mr FISHER - I would be obliged if the honorable member would furnish me with details of the report alleged, viz., that I stated that . " 70 per cent, of those who have gone to the front are trade unionists." I might, however, direct the honorable member's attention to an article in the Argus of 25th March, 1915, quoting the. result of inquiries' made by the Commonwealth Statistician from trade unions throughout the Commonwealth, which showed that of the number of unionists in the Commonwealth eligible for active service, 6.77 per cent, had enlisted in. the Expeditionary Forces, while of the number of other persons eligible by . age and not members of unions 4 per cent. had. enlisted.

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