MANUFACTURE OF MUNITIONS.
AUSTRALIAN AUTHORITIES ACTIVE.
Melbourne, July 15.
At the Interstate Munitions Con ■ ference Senator Pearce, the chairman, stated that the Ministry had decided to give authority to retain in Australia all men fit for making munitions. The Imperial authorities were sending out an improved pattern of a machine gun to Australia to serve as,a model for manufacture.
Mr W. McKay, of the Sunshine Harvest Company, announced that bis London office bed informed him that the Russian Government was prepared to place a contract for a million of shells in Australia. In his opinion they should not all bs making cbe one thing. Every article of defence that could be made should be produced.
Mr Earsman, representing the amalgamated engineers, stated that oo restrictions should be placed od munition workers, but there should be conditions which would probably be the same as those in force in England to see that the employees' in tnrasts were not damaged. Prewar conditions would, after the crisis, again be brought into force.
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MANUFACTURE OF MUNITIONS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3475, 16 July 1915