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Friday, 21 November 1941

Mr ANTHONY - When he is bringing the pleasant felicitations of Mr. Duff Cooper under the notice of the authorities concerned, will the Prime Minister also bring under their notice the stringent observations of Sir Thomas Blarney regarding Australia's war effort, and will he say which of the two gentlemen has, in his opinion, the greater responsibility and which is the more likely to give an honest opinion? Has the Prime Minister noted the statement of Sir Thomas Blarney that a great deal of money and effort is being wasted on air raid precautions in Australia - money and effort that could be more wisely devoted to the manufacture of materials and munitions of war for our men serving overseas ?

Mr CURTIN - All the opinions that Sir Thomas Blarney has expressed have been noted, and will be brought to the notice of government departments and officials where necessary. Sir Thomas Blarney is as much entitled to. hold opinions on social and other questions as is Mr. Duff Cooper. The views that Sir Thomas Blarney has expressed on the conduct of the war have been put in a most cogent manner before the Advisory War Council and Cabinet. Everything he has said will . be well heeded by the Government.

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