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Friday, 16 July 1915

Mr HIGGS - In view of the fact that it has been proved that mechanics and other employees can do as effective work in eight hours a day as they can. do in ten hours, and at the same time keep more healthy and be able to work for a longer period, will the Minister of Defence open the doors as wide as possible to those mechanics in the Commonwealth who may be fitted to carry out the work that has to be donein the Small Arms Factory in preference to employing men ten hours a day permanently!

Mr JENSEN - The Minister of Defence is quite satisfied that he would rather have three shifts of eight hours than two of ten hours, and as he is keeping that object in view, no doubt it will be put into force an soon as there are sufficient men available.

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