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Wednesday, 29 April 1942


Mr ANTHONY - During the last sitting period I asked the Minister for Home Security whether he would take steps to co-ordinate the black-out and brown-out regulations in New South Wales and Queensland, particularly in their application to Tweed Heads and Coolangatta, towns on the Queensland and New South Wales border. The honorable gentleman assured me that consideration would be given to the subject. I ask him now what steps he has taken to give effect to my request. 1 was in the locality a few days ago and apparently nothing has been done. When does the honorable gentleman intend to take action to introduce uniformity in this matter us between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta? Is he to be considered the paramount authority in this matter, or are the State authorities paramount?


Mr LAZZARINI - The honorable member is fond of raising the issue of paramount authority. That is a matter for Cabinet determination. "Until Cabinet alters the decision made by the previous Government that decision will remain in force. A model order covering masks for motor vehicles and other matters associated with vehicular lighting was forwarded to each State Premier on the 18th March, with a strong recommendation that appropriate action be taken to promulgate it under National Security (General) Regulation 35a. Numbers of amendments were suggested by the States and, at the conference of officers held in Melbourne last week, agreement on major points was reached, but certain drafting amendments were left to the technical officers to conclude. These were considered at a conference m Melbourne yesterday. The report of those proceedings has not yet reached me. I hope that the model order will shortly be promulgated. The extension of the brownout arrangements in Queensland was not determined pending the promulgation of the model lighting order.







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