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Wednesday, 9 September 1942


Mr BADMAN (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister for War Organization of Industry aware that, according to press reports, the Minister for Commerce, when questioned concerning plans for the rationalization of the pastoral industry, admitted that the grazing industry had not been consulted, and said that his department was not responsible, as the matter was completely within the jurisdiction of the Department of War Organization of Industry? What comment does the Minister offer about his colleague's declaration?


Mr DEDMAN - My attention has not been drawn to that particular paragraph, and I do not believe that the statement regarding my colleague is in accord with the facts.


Mr BADMAN - If the Minister for War Organization of Industry had not seen the statement of his colleague, the Minister for Commerce, concerning responsibility for the wool rationalization scheme, on what did he base his rep' to the Leader of the Opposition published in the press yesterday and to-day? Is it to be taken that the Minister replied to the Leader of the Opposition without knowing what he had said?


Mr DEDMAN - I understand that various statements have appeared in different sections of the press. It -is quite possible that I have seen one, but not all, of those statements.


Mr Badman - On what did the Minister base his reply?


Mr DEDMAN - I replied on the basis of one of the many statements appearing in the press. I repeat that I do not believe the statement quoted by the honorable member in regard to my colleague, the Minister for Commerce.







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