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Thursday, 15 July 1915

Mr FENTON - Can the Prime Minister inform the House whether the Committee now sitting in Melbourne, and representative of each State of the Commonwealth, will have to do with the organization of labour to carry on the ordinary industries of the country as well as the organization of labour in connexion with the manufacture of munitions of war? For instance, will the Committee see that proper provision is made for reaping the coming harvest, and so forth ?

Mr FISHER - If the suggestion that I threw out earlier in the sitting is accepted by the Opposition there is nothing that the Committee may not be asked to do.

Mr Fenton - I am not speaking of the Parliamentary Committee.

Mr FISHER - As I say, there is nothing that they may not be asked to do-; and to prescribe .their labour by given directions would simply spoil their efforts.

Mr Fenton - I mean the Committee that is now sitting in Melbourne, representing each of the States. '

Mr FISHER - It' would be better not to limit or restrict Committees in any way as to what they may do. They are advisory Committees.

Mr Fenton - I only desire to-'know .whether they will inquire into other industries as well as the industry of ammunition making.

Mr FISHER - The honorable member's question is now known to my colleagues. There is no limit to the assistance that may be asked for and rendered by these Committees.

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