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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1334


Mr MARWICK (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I have received from Mr. P. Collier, M.L.A., a former Labour Premier of Western Australia, a telegram in the following terms : -

I resent Dedman's dictatorship as does every one in Western Australia. His latest blunder concerning the rationing of clothing has resulted in goods being grabbed up by wealthy people. Working men's wires and daughters are unable to obtain necessary clothing. 1 have a daughter, working from 9 to 5, and a married one with three children, the eldest five, the youngest one year. What chance hove they in this mad rush? This, applies to thousands of women working here.

In view of the continuance of the buying rush referred to in the telegram, which is not confined to Western Australia but is general throughout the Commonwealth, and the ability of those who have money and leisure to make purchases to the exclusion of working people, including those engaged in war industries, what action is proposed by the Minister for War Organization of Industry with a view to correcting the position?







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