Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr BECK (DENISON, TASMANIA) - I ask the Prime Minister whether his request to shopkeepers throughout Australia to close their establishments at 6 p.m. on Friday is designed to conserve supplies of coal in the production of lighting power, or to prevent a glow from cities being a guide to enemy aircraft? Does the honorable gentleman realize that to some cities, such as those in Tasmania, the first consideration does not apply, as no coal is used in the production of lighting power? Therefore, will the Prime Minister consider the advisability of dealing with the subject on a regional basis ?

Mr.CURTIN.- Whilst Hobart is lighted by electricity that is not generated by the use of coal, the illumination of the city at night against the background of Mount Wellington should be diminished as much as possible. Itis desirable that the Australian people should learn to adapt themselves to movement at night in circumstances quite different from those which we have hitherto known. In addition, there shoud be less inducement for large numbers of people to congregate at. night in city streets. Broadly speaking, having regard to certain other factors which I need not mention, it is quite a good thing that Tasmania, as well as every other State, should conform reasonably to a practice that has been prescribed in the interests of Australia.

Suggest corrections