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Friday, 15 May 1942

Mr HARRISON - Will the Minister for War Organization of Industry inform the House whether one of the key men spoken of by him as having given advice with regard to the rationing of goods, was Mr. Norman Myer, the managing director of Myer Emporium Limited? If such was the case, why did the Minister refuse to divulge that information last evening in the course of his address to the House? Will he now inform the House and the country as to who were the key men who gave advice to him with regard to rationing, so that the advice may be assessed at its true value ?

Mr DEDMAN - I do not propose to satisfy the curiosity of the honorable member.

Mr HOLT - Last night, in this House, the honorable member for Melbourne (Mr.Calwell) made some very serious allegations regarding the part played by Mr. Norman Myer in connexion with the introduction of the scheme for the rationing of clothing. The Minister for War Organization of Industry should, in fairness both to Mr. Myer and to this House, state the facts, instead of withholding them?

Mr Curtin - I submit that the honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Holt) has, by substituting comment for a question, departed from the rules of the House.

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