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Wednesday, 9 September 1942

Mr MAKIN (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Munitions) - It is true that Mr. W. J. Smith has resigned the position of Director-General of Gun and Munition Production. His resignation was voluntary; he wished to be relieved of those duties. Mr. H. V. Mirls has been acting in the capacity of Director-General of Gun and Munition Production since last December. So far as I am aware, there is no reason to believe that unpleasant feeling caused Mr. Smith to resign from his office.

Mr ROSEVEAR - I ask the Minister for Munitions whether Mr. Mirls was secretary to Mr. W. J. Smith, either as Director of Gun Ammunition or as a private business man; was Mr. Mirls a member of the Public Service prior to his receiving this appointment? If not, what private interests did he represent outside the department?

Mr MAKIN - My impression was that Mr. Mirls was in some way linked with the interests that were representa by Mr. W. J. Smith, but I cannot answer specifically. The work done by Mr. Mirls proves that he is a man of considerable ability. It has been done with great credit to himself and advantage to the department.

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