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Tuesday, 9 April 1957

Mr COUTTS (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Air. Will the Minister inform the House whether there is any substance in reports that non-commissioned officers and airmen of the Royal Australian Air Force have imposed a beer strike by refusing to purchase draught beer in their messes, because of an increase in the price of a 7-oz. glass from 9d. to 10d., compared with an increase from 7d. to 9d. for a 7-oz. glass in the officers' messes? Has the Royal Australian Air Force head-quarters been informed that, because of the strike, a drop in morale of non-commissioned officers and airmen has been noticeable in the past few weeks? If the answers to these questions are in the affirmative, will the Minister take action to remove the causes of dissatisfaction and restore the morale of this important arm of the nation's defence forces to its previous high standard?

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