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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr MARWICK (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I rode in the seat that the honorable gentleman otherwise would have occupied. He did me a good turn. Some Ministers should practise what they preach in regard to austerity. Although some cars may be running on producer gas, they nevertheless are wearing out tyres. I have always agreed with the pronouncement of the Prime Minister, that the nation which has the last few gallons of petrol and the necessary supplies of rubber to run motor vehicles, will probably be successful in the war. I endorse the remarks of the honorable member for Richmond (Mr. Anthony) on the subject of the criticism of the Allied Works Council. A fortnight ago, I read a published statement by the Minister for the Interior (Senator Collings) that certain persons were deliberately holding up important works. They were, he said, sabotaging the war effort. If he believed that to be true he should have taken steps to have them placed behind bars. For my part,' if I were convinced of their guilt, I would be prepared to see them shot. There has been a great deal of discontent, particularly in Canberra, regarding the administration of the Department of the Interior, and the Government should look into the matter in order to discover the cause of the friction.

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