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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr LAIRD SMITH (Denison) (Honorary Minister) .- On the 21st May, the honorable member for Wide Bay (Mr. Corser) asked -

(1)   Has he seen the announcement in the Australasian Decorator and Painter of the 1st May, 1920, that Messrs. Lewis Berger and Sons Limited have been advised that, after tests, the Commonwealth War Service Homes Department have selected their paint for all painting work required by the Department?

(2)   Is it a fact that the Australasian United Paint Company Limited, of Port Adelaide, and other Australian paint companies, have not had their paints submitted to tests, and have not been given an opportunity of tendering for supplies ?

The Commissioner advises as follows : -

(1)   No.

(2)   (a) No. (b) Inquiries were made throughout the several States, and prices obtained, the lowest quotation for paints suitable for the work in view being accepted.

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