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Thursday, 30 April 1942


Mr.Rosevear asked the Prime Minis ter, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that last week a serious strike occurred among workers in the Labour Corps at Tocumwal and that the censor in Sydney refused to permit publication of the news?

2.   Is it a fact that the press has featured news of strikes at coal mines and munitions works and is continuing to do so?

3.   Why was there discrimination by the censor in the matter of publishing details of the dispute at Tocumwal?

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

1.   It is not a fact that there was a serious strike last week at Tocumwal. For security reasons the censor deleted a statement purporting to come from an unnamed union official suggesting the possibility of a threatened stoppage there.

2.   It is a fact that the press has featured news of strikes at coal mines, and to a, lesser degree at munitions works.

3.   As there was no strike at Tocumwal, no news item was submitted to the Sydney censor.

Tea Rationing

Mr Beasley - On the 26th March, 1942, the honorable member for Bass (Mr. Barnard) asked the following question, without notice: -

Very many persons are experiencing difficulty in obtaining supplies of tea, particularly those who have not dealt regularly with a grocer. Can the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs make such arrangements that, in the allocation of supplies of tea, all sections of the population may obtain a proportion of what is made available?

The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answer: - - The system of tea rationing introduced on 30th March last assures equitable distribution of available supplies to all sections of the community on a common basis upon registration with a retailer.


Mr Prowse asked the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that since the sale of Australia's wool clip to the United Kingdom Government the costs of living and production, including fertilizers, have greatly increased?

2.   If so, will he take early steps to review the arrangement with a view to an in creased price being paid for the ensuing season's clip?

Mr Scully - The whole question of reviewing the price under the arrangement for the sale of our wool to the United Kingdom is receiving consideration.

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