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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Mr McCALL - Has the Minister for the Army seen a. statement to the effect that the Army Ordnance Branch has finally adopted the British Standards Association's 1940 war-time specifications in order to speed up the production of war equipment in Australia, and that previously most of the war equipment produced in Australia was made according to the British Standards Association's 1918 specifications, with a few minor local alterations? Will the Minister, in pursuance of his laudable efforts to eliminate red-tape methods from army administration, make inquiries into this matter in order to ascertain why there has been such a long delay, first, in altering the standards from those in use in 1918, and, secondly, in adopting the standards adopted in Great Britain in 1940?

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