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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr HAYLEN (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Supply whether any contracts are still in force between the Australian Government and Japanese textile firms for the supply of khaki cloth and mercerized drill for the use of the Australian armed forces. If so, have those contracts ever been offered to the Australian textile industry? Is it a fact that Australian firms . have been refused contracts in favour of the Japanese, because it has been alleged that the cloth produced by Australian factories has not been equal to the standards set by the Department of Supply? Is there any warrant for the allegation that the Australian industry cannot produce cloth for servicemen's uniforms equal in quality to that made by the Japanese? How many Australian samples have been rejected by the Department of Supply? In view of the dangerous unemployment trends in the textile industry will the Minister ensure that all service contracts for cloth that can be made in Australia will be given to Australian industry?

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