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Tuesday, 21 June 1949

Mr HARRISON - Has the Prime Minister seen the statement in the Sydney Daily Telegraph to-day headed, " Red Ban Cuts Tea Supplies which is attributed to a Commonwealth official and the effect of which is that tea rationing could end immediately but for the ban on Dutch shipping? I ask the Prime Minister whether it is true, as stated, that rationing of tea could end immediately but for the ban on Dutch shipping, which prevents tea from coming into the country from Java in almost unlimited quantities? If so, will the Prime Minister immediately direct the Communist-controlled Waterside Workers Federation to lift the ban that it has maintained on Dutch shipping, and advise the federation that it is determined that its direction shall be enforced ?

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