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Tuesday, 16 July 1946


Mr Abbott t asked the Minister representing the ' Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Have any members of the Federal Parliament recently applied for a newprint quota?

2.   If so, will he state the names of the members who made such application ?

3.   Were the applications granted?

4.   If so, (a) what was the quantity of newsprint granted in each case a'nd (6) what were the terms and conditions in each instance?


Mr Forde - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answers : -

1.   No.

2.   3 and 4. See answer to No. 1.

Woollen Textiles: Labelling of Imported Cloth.


Mr Forde e.-On the 10th July the honorable member for Wannon (Mr. McLeod) asked a question concerning legislation requiring the labelling of cloth.

The Minister for Trade and Customs has now informed me that action ha/ been in course for some time with a view to bringing into force in all State's uniform legislation relating to the labelling of textile goods. Supporting action by the -Commonwealth has been sought by the States in respect of imported textile goods. This has been agreed to so faT as woollen goods and goods containing wool .are concerned. As regards other goods, there are good grounds for apprehension that the imposition of the comprehensive marking requirements proposed may adversely affect Australia's prospects of obtaining essential supplies from overseas.' This aspect is .being considered and, pending determination of the matter, action by the States to proceed with enactment of the uniform. legislation has been' deferred.

Malaria


Mr Chifley ey. - Un the 26th J une, the right honorable member for Cowper (Sir Earle rage ) asked .whether I would consider releasing for publication the report presented to the Curtin Government on the treatment of malaria among troops and methods for the prevention of the spread of the disease in Australia.

Consideration has been given to the suggestion that the report of Sir Earle Page should be printed either wholly or in part. As indicated in my interim reply, the report was prepared by Sir Earle Page at the request of the Advisory "War Council. In common with reports by other eminent medical men, it proved of .great value during the war in reducing the incidence of malaria amongst our troops. It is true that the report contained a general discussion on malaria, but its special value was in connexion with the treatment and prevention of malaria during the war years. Now that the war has ended, the value of the report from that stand-point has, for the time being at least disappeared and afterfull consideration the Government is of opinion that the Minting of the report at this stage would not he justified.







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