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Wednesday, 28 September 1949


Mr CHIFLEY - I have not seen the Liberal party propaganda on the subject to which the honorable member has referred and I have not heard any statements in the House to the effect that, at that meeting or elsewhere, I had indicated that there would be transfers of whole communities or that man-power control would be introduced. However, when speaking at a conference of the Australian Labour party in Sydney, I said that the policy of this Government, was the provision of full employment for all those who desired to work. I also said that that statement did not mean that, in every instance, men would be able to remain and obtain employment in an industry which might have reached saturation point in satisfying consumer demands, or that a man who had been engaged in one job which had cut out, would be able to obtain similar employment in the same locality.


Mr Hughes - Somewhere, something.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! There will ,be a vacancy here if the right honorable gentleman continues to interject.


Mr CHIFLEY - What I did say at that conference of the Australian Labour party was very simple. I stated that the objective of this Government was to provide jobs for everybody in this country who required employment and desired to work. That would mean, in many instances, that people would need to transfer from one job to another. I did not mention the transfers of whole communities, and I did not at any time say that people would be required compulsorily to transfer from one job to another. That is not part of the Labour party's platform.







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