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Thursday, 26 March 1942

Mr WATKINS (NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - During earlier sittings of the House I asked the Minister for Supply and Development whether he would expedite the supply and delivery of pontoons from South Australia so as to enable the building, of pontoon bridges across the Hunter River north of Newcastle. I shall be glad to be furnished with any information that the honorable gentleman may now have in relation to the matter.

Mr BEASLEY - I recall discussions on this subject by both the War Cabinet and the Advisory War Council, and conferences with the Minister for Munitions and the Minister for the Army.

Mr McEwen - It would seem to bc information that should not be disclosed to the public.

Mr BEASLEY - I thank the honorable gentleman for that observation. It would not be desirable to make details available. I believe, however, that the idea of the honorable member for Newcastle (Mr. Watkins) is to expedite a decision in regard to making supplies available. I have understood that the whole matter was well in hand, and J believe that my colleagues who took part in the discussions in relation to it hold a similar view. In order to make certain of the position, I shall be pleased to make the necessary inquiries.

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