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Friday, 31 October 1913


Senator MILLEN (New South WalesMinister of Defence) . - I do not wish Senator Rae to assume that the desire of men employed at the factory to return to Sydney is the sole cause for the disappointing output of rifles. It is one of the causes. - We can readily understand that, starting from nothing, it takes time to assemble the requisite staff of workmen. Every little cause that tends to deplete the ranks of the workers is serious at first, but it will become of less consequence as time goes on, and as the younger men employed are becoming qualified for higher positions in the factory.


Senator Rae - A technical school might be established.


Senator MILLEN - The best school for the mechanics required in this factory is the factory itself. I have no doubt that in time the manager will be able to overcome the difficulties to which he has referred. Although the output of the factory is disappointing, there is nothing to cause apprehension. I am not certain that we could not have anticipated what has occurred.







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