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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Mb. BRIAN Penton and Mb. Kurt von Stutterheim : Censorship - Army Magazine " Salt " - -CANBERRA Milk Supply - Service Discipline : Db. Evatt and Royal Australian Am Force .

Motion (by Mr. Curtin proposed -

That the House do now adjourn. Mr. CALWELL (Melbourne) [11.25]. - "Will the Acting Attorney-General ask the military intelligence police whether it is factually correct that Kurt von Stutterheim, Berlin newspaper editor and notorious Nazi propagandist, who was in Australia in 1939 on a subversive mission, and who is now in an internment camp, was an intimate friend of Mr. Brian Penton editor of the Sydney Daily Telegraph; that he lived in Penton s Elizabeth Bay fiat for six months; that Penton assisted him in his work, introduced him into influential circles, and co-operated openly with him in the preparation of articles and' reports on Australia and Australian defence; that von Stutterheim was, in fact, arrested in Penton's flat and left behind him most of his clothing, which Penton later cynically wore around Sydney and on his yacht? Will the Acting Attorney-General seek a report from the military intelligence police as to whether Mr. Penton is a fit, proper and loyal citizen to visit the United States and deliver a series of lectures as an alleged" typical Aus tralian " ? If the Acting Attorney-General finds that these are facts, will the. Prime Minister (Mr.Curtin) review his decision that Mr. Penton's mission to the United States of America is not to be prohibited by the Government? Will the Prime Minister also ascertain whether it is a fact that several accredited American journalists, who wished to send to their papers a digest of the questions asked in the House last week on the subject of the proposed tour of America by Mr. Brian Penton, were prevented by the censor from sending their stories out of this country? If so, will the Prime Minister say whether the censors were acting under instructions of the Governments

Recently, I asked the Minister for the Army (Mr. Forde) a series of questions about the Army magazine Salt, which was first published a couple of years ago and carried in its first issue a foreword written by the then Minister for the Army (Mr. Spender). Incidentally one of the first articles was entitled" Making the Earth Worm Turn ". The questions I asked elicited the following information : -

The staff engaged consists of seven officers and fifteen other ranks, with five civilian typists. The ranks, names, and salaries of the officers concerned arc as follows: -


The coat of the publication to the 18th May, 1842, is £16,760; the publication cost of each of the last three issues is as follows: -


I hope that the consideration promised by the Minister for the Army of whether the money expended on this publication is- Worthwhile will be expedited and that the Government will decide not to waste any more money on this publication, and certainly not to pay seven officers, fifteen other ranks and five civilian typists a large sum of money each week to produce a publication which, I am told, is not widely read and. which, in any case, because of the shortage of paper and for other reasons, is not worth publishing.

Mr Pollard - Sail is an excellent and informative little journal.

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