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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr DEDMAN (Corio) (Minister for War Organization of Industry) . - The honorable member for Deakin (Mr. Hutchinson) referred to the restriction of trading hours in retail shops, and of the hours during which picture houses are to be permitted to remain open. The Government has considered these matters from a national security point of view, and whilst it is true that my department does consult with the owners of businesses, and with employees in industry, in relation to contemplated action which would affect them, such negotiations take place in regard only to certain aspects of the matter. The honorable member may rest assured that where the matter under consideration is one in which it is proper that the organization of retailers concerned should be consulted, it will be consulted.

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