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Thursday, 19 May 1960

Mr McEWEN - I fully understand the honorable member's motive in raising these matters, and I will discuss with my two colleagues the points he has raised. There is really a dilemma for any government in office in dealing with the aftermath of war. It is easy enough to disperse the forces, but those who were engaged in industrial occupations as a result of the war and established themselves with their homes and families in certain locations, are entitled to the consideration of the country and of the Government. Yet, on the other hand, the community is entitled to ask whether we are justified in sustaining Government activities which are not really necessary beyond a certain point of public expense, merely to keep people in jobs. I am really very concerned over the problem. It affects my own electorate as well as the electorates in which the yards referred to by the honorable member are located. I will take the matter up with my colleagues.

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