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Thursday, 2 June 1949

Mr CALWELL - -The article to which the honorable member has referred appeared in the Sydney Daily Telegraph. It gives no indication that the Australian News and Information Bureau in New York is falling down on its job. That is the reply I make to the strictures made by Mr. Miller and published in the Daily Telegraph this morning. The article merely states the bald and unsupported opinion of Mr. Miller that the bureau needs a shake-up. If Mr. Miller or anybody else likes to indicate bow the bureau is failing in its task, I shall be glad to answer him with abundant facts and figures to prove that it is doing a first-class national publicity job for Australia on an extremely small dollar allocation. The article in the Daily Telegraph refers to a very good news item which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor in America sent by its Sydney correspondent. We are always glad to be associated with the work of the Christian Science Monitor, which gives factual information about Australia with great regularity. In the item in the Christian Science Monitor there was no criticism of the Department of Information. Any criticism which appears in the Daily Telegraph article is included in Mr. Miller's observations which are printed at the top of a reprint of the item from the Christian Science Monitor. The honorable member has asked who Mr. Miller is. Mr. Miller works for the Sydney Daily Telegraph. Sis employers found it convenient to transfer him to New York because of hia unpopularity among his journalistic and printing colleagues after the newspaper lockout of 1944 in which he was one of the only two " scabs " amongst the journalists employed by Consolidated Press Limited.

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