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Friday, 11 September 1942

Mr DEDMAN (Corio) (Minister for War Organization of Industry) . - I desire to reply to two statements that the honorable member for Adelaide (Mr. Stacey) made yesterday concerning myself. He said -

After six weeks of restricted buying, 1 notice that the Minister himself wore a couple of new suits.

The implication is that I used the period of restricted buying to purchase new suits for myself. That insinuation is utterly without foundation. I have not bought any clothing whatsoever for myself since long before the Restriction of Sales Regulations came into effect.

Mr Duncan-Hughes - Has not the Minister a new " victory suit " ?

Mr DEDMAN - The "victory suit" is the sole exception. The second statement to which I take exception refers to the " victory suit ". The honorable member for Adelaide said -

I noticed also to-day at the hotel wherehe stays that he was wearing a "'victory suit", but it had a waistcoat.

Again, the inference to be drawn from that statement is that, contrary to the regulations, the " victory suit " which I wore had a waistcoat.

Mr Duncan-Hughes - That is not the inference to be drawn from the statement.

Mr DEDMAN - It is the inference which the average individual would draw from it.

Mr Barnard - There is no doubt that that is what the honorable member for Adelaide intended to convey.

Mr DEDMAN - That is so.

Mr Paterson - I took it to mean that the waistcoat belonged to another suit.

Mr DEDMAN - The proof that the meaning is as I have indicated, is to be found in the fact that press representatives have asked me why I have a "victory suit" with a waistcoat. The implication is perfectly clear, namely, that, contrary to the regulations, I had a "victory suit" made with a. waistcoat. That insinuation is entirely false. What happened is that yesterday I wore a " victory suit " with a waistcoat belonging to an old suit. I was practising what I have been preaching to the public, namely, that so far as possible, one should wear out one's old clothes. The honorable member for Adelaide should be ashamed of his effort to undermine the integrity of a Minister who is only trying to do his job.

Mr.FROST (Franklin- Minister for Repatriation) [4.20]. - I shall refer the remarks by the honorable member for Bendigo (Mr. Rankin) with regard to the pig industry to the Minister for Commerce (Mr. Scully), and a reply will be supplied to him. I shall also see that the observations of the honorable member for Bass (Mr. Barnard) regarding a site for a meteorological station in Launceston are brought to the notice ofthe appropriate Minister.

Mr Ryan - What about daylight saving; and its effect on the dairying industry ?

Mr.FROST.- I congratulate the honorable member for Flinders on the good case submitted by him in respect of milk deliveries. That matter also will be referred to the Minister for Commerce.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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