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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the many conflicting statements with regard to the banning of the principal Anzac Day celebrations, I read the following extract, from a letter that was sent to the secretary of the Legion of Ex-Service Clubs by the Premier of New South Wales : -

Having regard to the express wish of the Commonwealth Government that outdoor gatherings at memorial services on that day b e not organized, it is regretted that it is not practicable for approval to be given for the conduct of the ceremony on the modified lines suggested by your committee.

Will the Prime Minister advise the House as to whether or not similar instructions were issued to the communistic organizers of the May Day procession and celebrations in the Sydney Domain, at which, it was estimated, 25,000 spectators were present? If so, will the right honorable gentleman inform the House why such instructions were not enforced? If not, will he state why such discrimination was shown against returned soldiers of the last war, and indicate whether we may expect that similar discrimination will be exercised against returned soldiers of the present war?

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