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Wednesday, 16 March 1932

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - This morning I received from Brigadier-General Heritage, Commandant of the Victoria Barracks, Sydney, the following letter with reference to the supply of surplus military clothing to the unemployed: -

As you will have seen from the communication of my Chief Ordnance Officer, who deals with these matters, and who replied to your previous communication during my absence, I have no authority to issue to any organizations outside the metropolitan area at present. The situation is that 1 was instructed to issue to certain charitable organizations nominated by the State Government of New South Wales. That Government has only nominated metropolitan institutions as it considers the clothing, &c, available for issue is not of sufficient quantity to make a State-wide distribution.

Will the Minister take steps to see that country districts, and particularly districts such as Portland, Lithgow, and Wallerawang, where the people are suffering great privations as the result of unemployment, receive their fair share of such military clothing as is available?

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