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Friday, 27 March 1942


Mr Guy y asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that at a recent Premiers Conference he requested the various States to appoint a resident Minister at Canberra?

2.   Is it a fact that the Premier of Tasmania recently stated that the Prime Minister promised that " quite a lot of confidential information on the war effort that would not be given to private members would be made available to a direct representative of the State Government " ?

3.   Is it a fact that the Tasmanian Premier recently stated that the Prime Minister told him that a Tasmanian State Minister would have access to certain Cabinet meetings?

4.   If so, is this to he taken as a reflection on the elected Federal representatives of the people, including Federal Ministers themselves?

5.   Would the advantages to be obtained by the States be commensurate with the expense involved?

6.   How many States have notified their willingness to appoint such Ministers?


Mr Curtin - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   No such request was made by me.

2.   I have not seen this statement.

3.   I have not seen this statement, which in any case would be incorrect.

4.   See answer to 3.

5.   See answer to 3.

6.   I have had no official advice from any Premier with regard to the appointment of a resident Minister of a State at Canberra.

Production of Power Alcohol from Wheat.


Mr Langtry (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) y asked the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   What arrangements have been made between the State Government of New South Wales and the Australian Wheat Board as to the price to be paid for wheat used for the production of power alcohol?

2.   In view of the fact that the Griffith wine distilleries are about to commence producing power alcohol from wheat, will he get in touch with the Wheat Board at an early date and inform the House of the position?


Mr Scully - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   No approach has been made to the Australian Wheat Board in this matter.

2.   See answer to1.







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