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Tuesday, 19 May 1942


Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Treasurer) . - in reply - I shall endeavour to have dissected the speech of the honorable member for Boothby (Dr. Price), in order to refer to the respective Ministers the very many matters he has raised. I rather gained the impression that the honorable member had collected a number of grievances, and thought that he would fire off a preliminary budget speech.

The honorable member said that the Lord Mayor of Adelaide had told him something in regard to the cashing of war savings certificates. All that I have to say is that there has always been a number of war savings certificates cashed. I replied to a question on the subject in this House recently. The opinions that I then gave were those of the Commonwealth Bank Board, which is as competent as the Lord Mayor of Adelaide to express views concerning the cashing of war savings certificates. That gentleman may have an axe to grind, and may have thought that some good would be served if he were to whisper in the ear of the honorable member. I have obtained my information, not from some person on a street corner or a lord mayor, but from the Commonwealth Bank Board, which has exact knowledge of such matters.

The honorable member for Reid (Mr. Morgan) has asserted that undue influence is being used in order to obtain transfer from the Australian Military Forces to the Australian Imperial Force. If he has correctly stated the case, action by the Minister for the Army is needed in order to stop the practice. I shall bring the matter to the notice of that Minister.

I shall refer to the Minister for War Organization of Industry (Mr. Dedman) the remarks of the honorable member for Deakin (Mr. Hutchinson) in regard to advertising. I am able to appreciate some of the difficulties of country newspapers, because of the knowledge that I possess concerning them. The other matter that the honorable member raised I shall refer to the Minister for Transport (Mr. Lawson).

The Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Ward) has already referred to one of the matters raised by the honorable member for Melbourne (Mr. Calwell). One of the remaining two in some degree affects my department. I shall have inquiries made into both of them.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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