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Wednesday, 4 May 1932

Mr JAMES - Is it not a fact that the Scullin Government allocated quantities of surplus military clothing to honorable members of this House for distribution in their electorates? Will this Government consider reverting to that practice?

Mr FRANCIS - I shall bring the honorable member's question under the notice of the Minister for Defence.

Mr COLLINS - In view of the fact that advice has been received from Victoria Barracks to the effect that the Salvation Army had agreed to distribute military clothing throughout country centres, and that approval had been given for it to do so, in the terms of a letter to which I referred some time ago, will the Assistant Minister for Defence state why no clothing was distributed in the country districts?

Mr FRANCIS - I have already made inquiries into that subject in consequence of a question asked me previously, and the advice I have received is that the limited stocks available were distributed in- every centre where it was practicable to distribute it.

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