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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Treasurer) . - I shall see that the remarks of the honorable member for Melbourne (Mr. Calwell) in relation to the rationing of clothing and other goods are brought to the notice of the Minister for Trade and Customs (Senator Keane).

The honorable member also referred to the abuses associated with the wet canteen system. I assure him that the supply of liquor to members of the forces and to civilians is under consideration by the Government.

I shall have inquiries made regarding the fine imposed on a Tasmanian firm which was referred to by the honorable member for Denison (Mr. Beck). Action in regard to the Myer Emporium Limited is a matter for the Minister for Trade and Customs, who is the Minister controlling prices. I am acquainted with some aspects of the Myer case, but I do not know how it is being adjusted. I shall, however, bring the matter before the Minister concerned.

As to the manufacture of certain luxury goods to which the honorable member also referred, the Minister for "War Organization of Industry (Mr. Dedman) has already spoken, and therefore cannot answer the honorable gentleman, but I have no doubt that he will look into the matter.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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