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Thursday, 1 December 1938

Mr Casey y. - On the 10th November, the honorable member for Boothby (Mr. Prior) asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   What is the amount of money on the Estimates for new works in the Commonwealth?

2.   How much of this money is it proposed to spend in the State of South Australia?

3.   What are the works, if any?

The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The total amount of money estimated to be spent on new works in 1938-39 is £15,346,000, of which approximately £10,700,000 will be spent in Australia.

2.   and 3. It is estimated that the expenditure on new works in South Australia during 1038-39 will be-


Censorship of News-reel Pictures.

Mr Perkins - On the 30th November, the honorable member for Darling (Mr. Clark) asked the following question, upon notice: -

1.   Has an edition of the motion picture "The March of Time", dealing with the Munich Fact, been censored or suppressed in Australia?

2.   It so, what was the reason?

3.   Was similar action taken by the British Government?

4.   Is it a fact that the British Government requested the Government of the United States of America to suppress a Paramount news-reel which included contributions by an ex-editor of the London Times,Mr. Wickham Steed, and by the political correspondent of the London News-Chronicle,Mr. A. J. Cummings?

5.   If so, can he state the reason for that action having been taken?

I am now able to furnish the honorable member with the following information : - 1, 2 and 3. No "March of Time" edition dealing with the Munich Pact has been submitted for censorship. 4 and 5. I have no information on this matter, but statements made by Mr. Wickham Steed and Mr. Cummings in a British Paramount news item imported in October last were deleted at the request of the importers, who, it is understood, had received instructions from their principals in England.

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