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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr HARRISON - Will the Minister for Labour and National Service inform the House whether he has experienced any difficulty in obtaining from the management of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, for man-power purposes, lists of its employees? Will he also inform the House whether, because of the delay in obtaining these lists, he issued instructions for the prosecution of the firm? Can he inform the House whether these lists revealed the fact that employees, from the editor down to the political roundsmen, had been eligible for war service since' the outbreak of war? Is not this the paper that has been publishing articles which castigated those who were not contributing to the maximum war effort? Will the Minister say whether Mr. E. G. Theodore, who is Director-General of Allied Works, and Mr. Frank Packer, who was recently appointed as his assistant, are respectively the chairman of directors and managing director of this so-called patriotic publication? Is this the same Theodore who recently made a statement in Queensland that men in the labour battalion would be subject to rigorous military discipline and that the severest penalties would be imposed on them for disobedience?

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