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Wednesday, 20 May 1942


Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) n asked the Minister for War Organization of Industry, upon notice -

1.   Will he inform the House of the identity of the individual stated to be one of his economists who gave the interview in Melbourne to the Sydney Daily Telegraph concerning clothes rationing, which was published in that newspaper on Monday last?

2.   Upon whose authority did this unnamed economist act in giving this interview, and upon what information did he base his statement that the department suspected that shops had not really sold their quotas?

3.   In view of this statement and others concerning rationing made by persons associated with his department, will he indicate to the House upon whom the public can rely for authentic information regarding the position?

Mr. Dedman__The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : - 1 and 2. I am having inquiries made regarding the alleged interview by the Sydney Daily Telegraph, and will advise the honorable member of the result as early as possible.

3.   Official announcements regarding rationing will be made by or on behalf of the responsible Minister.

Department oy WA.a Organization or Industry.


Mr Rosevear asked the Minister for War Organization of Industry, upon notice -

1.   What are the name's, ages, and previous occupations of the whole staff of the department's head office in Sydney?

2.   How many of these people are exempt or have been exempted from military service, and for what reasons?


Mr Dedman (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for War Organisation of Industry) n. - I do not think it desirable that the details asked for by the honorable member should be made public, but Ishall be pleased to make the information available to him personally if he will get in touch with me.


Mr Calwell asked the Minister for

Social Services, upon notice -

1.   What is the estimated annual cost of pensions to women with dependent children whose husbands are serving sentences of imprisonment of not less than one year?

2.   What is the estimated annual cost of pensions to women with one or more children under sixteen years of age, whose husbands are invalid pensioners?


Mr Holloway y. - The answers to the honorable member's questions areas. follows : -

1.   £27,000.

2.   £688,350.







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