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Friday, 11 September 1942

Mr DEDMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for War Organisation of Industry) - No action by my department has resulted in the closing of small businesses.

Mr Harrison - That is plain nonsense.

Mr DEDMAN - It is perfectly true. It is a fact that, because of the shortage of various supplies, some small businesses have had to close down.

Mr Harrison - The Minister has even refused some of them permission to carry on with the stocks which they had on hand.

Mr DEDMAN - I challenge any one to show that any small business has been closed down by Government regulation. So far as the banks are concerned, I am determined that branches of banks in centres where more branches than are essential are open, shall be closed down. I have had many conferences with the banks on this subject, and I intend to ensure that the policy which I have enunciated shall be applied.

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