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Thursday, 22 March 1928

Senator OGDEN (TASMANIA) asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice-

Will the Government consider a policy of purchasing Public Service uniforms and other necessary Government stores in the various States where they are required for use instead of, as at present, purchasing all requirements in the larger centres.

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Prime. Minister supplies the following answer to the honorable senator's question : -

At present all Public Service uniforms are manufactured in the Defence Clothing Factory in Melbourne and the arrangement is found to be quite satisfactory. All other general Government stores are purchased under tenders freely invited in all States. Contracts are then placed in accordance with the lowest satisfactory tenders after allowance for freight, cartage, ,&c., to the place where the stores are required. These arrangements appear to be the best possible in the public interest and a variation of them does not seem to be desirable.

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