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Friday, 5 April 1946

Mr JOHNSON (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Works and Housing) - It would be difficult for me to reply in detail to all the points raised by the honorable member. He asked me whether my attention had been directed to a report which appeared in this morning's Canberra Times. It had. My attention was drawn also to a report which appeared in a section of the Sydney press on Wednesday, to which I made a very brief reply. I am certain that the Bishop of Darwin is under a very great m isapprehensi on .

Mr Blain - Nothing of the kind.

Mr JOHNSON - He must be, or he would not have made such statements. I point out that no difficulty has been experienced with any of the religious denominations in the Australian Capital Territory at Canberra, where the Roman Catholic Church and other churches are established, as they are elsewhere in the Commonwealth. Concessions and conditions will be available to the Roman Catholic Church and other churches at Darwin similar to those which apply in the Australian Capital Territory.

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