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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr BEASLEY - I have not seen ti to report referred to by the honorable gentleman, but I point out that great, difficulty is experienced in obtaining evidence of profiteering, because frequently persons who make complaints are reluctant to come forward to give evidence.'

Sir Frederick Stewart - The evi"dence has been obtained in this case.

Mr Morgan - Could not inspectors be appointed?

Mr BEASLEY -In order to cover the whole field so many inspectors would be required that it would practically mean a duplication of the Public Service; and that would increase the Government's difficulties in respect of man-power. If, however, the persons concerned in these transactions are prepared to give evidence in relation to them, I am confident that the Minister for Trade and Customs will be more than pleased to take up such cases. In this instance, if the woman concerned will come forward to give evidence I am sure that action will be taken.

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