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Friday, 27 March 1942

Mr ROSEVEAR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Munitions whether he, or any one in his department, is responsible for private business men and officials of the Munitions Department being subjected to a kind of third degree by members of the Criminal Investigation Branch in New South Wales? Was this investigation by the New South Wales police for the purpose of securing information against Colonel Thorpe, or was it for the purpose of intimidating some of his critics?

Mr MAKIN - I have no knowledge of any action of the kind referred to, and certainly no authority was given by me or, so far as I know, by any official of my department, for any kind of investigation of this matter.

Mr Rosevear - Will the Minister have the matter inquired into?

Mr MAKIN - I will.

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