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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (Prime Minister) . - in reply- -With regard to the remarks of the honorable member for Bendigo (Mr. Rankin) concerning the Minister for External Affairs (Dr. Evatt), it would be proper for me to ascertain from the Minister what he actually did before I presumed to judge the matter. I am certain that the Minister has a full realization of the responsibilities of officers to their men and men to their officers, and is himself concerned with the efficiency and discipline of the fighting forces. I find the story a little difficult to accept in the form in which it has been published in the newspaper.

With regard to the Canberra milk supply, I assure the honorable member for Melbourne (Mr. Calwell) that I shall ask the Minister for the Interior (Senator Ceilings) what all the complaint is about. The honorable gentleman could have saved me that difficulty by himself seeing the Minister and discussing the matter with him. I have nothing to say regarding Mr. Brian Penton. I know no more about his case than I did last week, and the matter has not come before me in any way since then. As to the series of questions which the honorable gentleman has read out, the Attorney-General will have them brought to his notice.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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