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Tuesday, 13 October 1931

Mr CURTIN (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1   . How many books have been prohibited from entry into Australia during the period 1st January, 1930, to date?

2.   What are the titles, and who are the authors of each of such books?

3.   Who decided that these books should be denied admission?

4.   Have any protests been received respecting these prohibited books?

Mr.FORDE. - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   132.

2.A list of the books will be handed to the honorable member. Publication of the list is not considered advisable, as it would tend to advertise the books.

3.   The Minister decides whether a book is to be treated as a prohibited import.

4.   Certain protests have been made, but in nocasehas the importer had the courage to challenge the decision in the courts, which can be done in a very simple manner.

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