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Thursday, 7 May 1942


Mr HOLT (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) - The Prime Minister stated that brown-outs are instituted in each State upon the advice of the military authorities whose directions are conveyed to the State authorities by the Minister for Home Security. I should like to know whether the State authorities consult with the military authorities in the respective States as to the degree of brown-out considered to be necessary. In Victoria, brown-out conditions are wasteful, unnecessarily irksome and dangerous.


Mr CURTIN - The honorable gentleman certainly did more than to ask a question on this matter. I can only say that we have just received a report upon the subject from the Commander of the Allied Land Forces.


Mr HOLT - Do the military authorities in the respective States confer with the State authorities as to the degree of brown-out?


Mr CURTIN - I have already explained that what has been done has been as the result of directions given by the military authorities to the Minister for Home Security and communicated by the Minister to the State Premiers. We came to the conclusion that this matter should be reconsidered, but only by the man most competent to deal with the matter. He has now done so, and the Government will give effect to his report at the earliest opportunity.







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