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Tuesday, 20 October 1931

Mr ELDRIDGE (MARTIN, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Inreply to an inquiry addressed to him by me, the PostmasterGeneral wrote, on the 13th October -

Since the present Government took office, the department has placed orders overseas to the value of approximately £40,000for material which it would have been practicable to manufacture in Australia.

Has the Postmaster-General any explanation to offer in relation to this strange admission regarding expenditure overseas on equipment which could have been manufactured in Australia? Is such expenditure in keeping with the policy of the Government for the protection of Australian industries?

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