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Thursday, 6 May 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - On Thursday, 29th April, the honorable member for Maribyrnong (Mr. Fenton) asked -

As there is still considerable misapprehension as to who. are eligible to obtain tweed from the Geelong Woollen Mills and the Anzac Tweed Trust, will the Assistant Minister for Defence cause information to be circulated so that the persons entitled to the concession will be able to take advantage of it?

I am now in a position to furnish the honorable member with the following information : -

Tweed Made at the GOVERNMENT Woollen Mills, Geelong, fob RETURNED Soldiers.

The Department of Defence has made arrangements with the Returned Sailors and Soldiers League of Australia in the several States to distribute the whole of the Government Woollen Mill's output of civilian tweed, which is approximately 40,000 yards per month. ' The only persons entitled to obtain the tweed from the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia', are returned soldiers and nurses who were on active service outside Australia with the Australian Forces. Not more than one suit length in the case of a soldier, or in the case of a nurse, one costume length will be supplied, to any entitled applicant during the currency of the contract, which runs for twelve months.

Priority of application is the governing factor in determining the order in which demands are to be met, irrespective of whether or not the applicant is a member of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia.

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