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Friday, 14 October 1949

Mr DALY (MARTIN, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Postwar Reconstruction aware of the fact that the Associated Chambers of Manufactures, representing 9,000 employers, made application to the Commonwealth Arbitration Court in June of this year for an extension of weekly working hours to 44 and for sharp reductions of wages and annual leave? Is he also aware that a somewhat similar application was made by the Metal Trades Employers Federation? Is he aware that Opposition party candidates are constantly attacking the shorter working week? In view of those facts and the influence exercised by the organizations that I have mentioned upon the policies of the Opposition parties, will the Minister make inquiries and ascertain whether or not pressure is to be brought to bear on the courts of this country by the present Opposition parties, if they are elected to power, to re-introduce the 44-hour week?

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