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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1495

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence. I refer to the announcement that the Minister for Manufacturing Industry has requested a special committee to report on the possibility of" finding work for employees at defence factories. I ask the Minister: What is the general level of production and employment in Australia's 8 munitions factories? Has there been retrenchment of workers in any of these factories?

Senator BISHOP -Whilst I have some allied responsibility for this as Minister representing the Minister for Defence, in fact the responsibility in this area lies mainly with the Minister for Manufacturing Industry, Mr Enderby, who is represented in this chamber by the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Wriedt. I do not answer for him, but I think that in order to present the picture as it is today, although Senator Wriedt might want to say something different, probably the best thing would be to make sure that we get a statement from the Minister as to the general position.

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