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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Mr RYAN (Flinders) .- I deplore the fact that no provision has been made to organize work in connexion with post-war reconstruction. I agree with the honorable member for Melbourne (Mr. Calwell) and other speakers that it is unreasonable to expect Cabinet Ministers to undertake this urgent work in addition to other duties which inevitably fall upon them in times like these. I believe that a special Minister should be appointed to supervise and co-ordinate investigations of post-war reconstruction. That, of course, would involve provision for his remuneration. I also impress upon the Prime Minister the advisability of appointing a committee of experts to investigate and report upon this subject. The honorable member for Melbourne suggested that members of State parliaments and of municipal councils and other local governing bodies could be drawn upon to do this work. I cannot quite follow his contention in that respect; nevertheless, I am sure that many people in Australia who possess the requisite organizing ability would be glad to undertake duties of this description.

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